Aren’t those lovely words? “Days off” – as in, “I need some”. As in, “I want some”. As in, “I’m taking some”. Oh, yeah.
As in, “I took some”. Oh, yeah!
This wasn’t spur of the moment. I actually planned for it. I knew that I would have eight weeks of crazed, flat-out, dead-run work in the first half of the fall semester. So I blocked out a Friday and a Monday after all that and kept them clear. I stocked up on good food and a bottle of white wine. And I told the folks at work I’d see them on Tuesday. I took my dogs to the place they know as “overnight camp”. I got a massage. I slept enough. I went for leisurely walks. I spoiled my cats with play time and lap time. I did work I’ve been wanting to do in the house. I did whatever I wanted to do. It was so nice.
We all need those spacers, you know? Time to be unscheduled, to read a book without interruption, to separate from “have-to”, to unplug and recharge. To pull back and rest, and then view the things we want to change from a little distance. In fact, I’m going t tell you that this is not a “luxury”, it’s a necessity. It has nothing to do with what you do, or how well you are compensated for it. This is about being able to have a few days or at least a few hours, insulated from constant emails, texts, calls, requests, demands, and just plain noise from the world.
When was the last time you got to sit down and just breathe, by yourself, without interruption? And – I hate to say it – it doesn’t count if the only place you can do that is the bathroom, for four and half minutes, max. I have resorted to withdrawal by porcelain on occasion, but it’s not ideal. Because you have to open that door again. And it’s not enough time or distance to regain perspective.
So I took a couple days off. I paid attention to my cats and my house and my thoughts. I did some thinking about what’s happening now and what comes next. More about that some other time. I enjoyed the peace of having the dogs safely kenneled. And the joyful chaos of bringing them home. All without the pressure of having to be anywhere at any particular time.
It was glorious. And isn’t glorious necessary, every once in a while? G’head – give it a try. I’ll be here when you get back.
Stay tuned for more on the Here’s a Quarter blog next week! As always, your thoughts and comments are always welcome – they are moderated (I know – adulting again), so they may take a little while to appear, but I read them all and appreciate that you were here. Thank you!