Recently, we went on a vacation
for a week that involved visiting four different ports in the sunny and warm
climate of the Caribbean. There were moments of laughter,
fun, and great food. It's a funny thing when you go away that each day
of the vacation also counts down to the end and a return to work.
It Has Been Awhile
It was twelve years since we went on a vacation, so this vacation was
viewed with anticipation of a great break away from my daily routine.
And, we weren't disappointed.
But, there was something very different about this vacation compared
to those when we worked in a corporate environment.
The main difference was that when we returned, when the vacation
was rapidly drawing to a close, we didn't have the same feelings
of approaching stress and dread.
Returning To What We Loved
In this most recent vacation, it wasn't that we didn't thoroughly enjoy the various fun and new activities, the break away from routine, the pleasure of touring different countries and cultures, the opportunity
to do what we wanted when we wanted, or the leisurely pace of each day. What was significant was that we didn't even dread the last day of vacation knowing that we would soon have to return to my previous work.
You see, we knew that we were returning to what we love to do not what we had to do.
The feelings experienced in the last couple of days of vacation were viewed with the same joy as the very first days. In previous times, the last days of vacation were dreaded, we experienced a mounting sense of stress because we knew that a return to our field of employment was "work" and not something that we loved and thoroughly enjoyed.
The Point Is This
If you do what you love, it doesn't matter in the least that a vacation has to end. If you love what you do you will not find yourself wishing for even a few more days of vacation, or wishing that you could keep enjoying this vacation for much, much longer. A love of what you do draws you back like a magnet; draws you back to pleasure not to toil; draws you back where you feel comfort and completeness.
"Those who continue to work at a job they hate for the money alone are more likely to be stressed, and very unhappy. They live for their vacations and weekends. Unfortunately, they are sadly missing out on the happiness of everyday life."
"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally." David Frost