I have no memory what it’s like to take a real vacation. I’ve taken trips to lots of places–Paris, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Brussels, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Rabat, Athens, Frankfort, LA, Seattle, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Turks & Caicos, and more–but vacations they were not. I took work with me wherever I went, called the office and clients, obsessed over sales quotas.
About five years ago, I paced the empty ballroom of a resort hotel as I sold my heart out to a potential client. My husband relaxed in the sun. I got the account, but was it worth it?
The work could have waited. My company would surely still be there when I returned. My employees would have been thrilled to have me out of their hair, and my husband would have been happier if I had chilled with him.
I am now determined to take a true vacation by the end of this year. Here’s how I picture it: I will go somewhere and leave my Blackberry in the room. (Maybe I’ll work my up up to actually leaving it at home). I won’t take a bit of work and I won’t call the office. I will, however, check my messages once a day and respond only to the important e-mails.
I will leave a message on my e-mail saying I’m away and to contact me if time is of the essence.
3 Responses to “Paradise Lost”
Preppy 101 says:
I have no doubt. YOU can do it. And have more fun than you ever imagined!! xoxo
Toby Wollin says:
I too have taken too many vacations where I’ve dialed in, hiked to cybercafes, etc. to stay in contact, to make sure people knew that I was still ‘there’. Not worth it. Short tale: my father, who was a doctor, threw a clot into one of his renal arteries in 2000 and thereby got a one-way ticket to Dialysisville. As he lay in his hospital bed after being told what his future was, three times a week, he said, “I’m just sorry that I never went fly fishing in Montana.”
Fly fishing in Montana? Who knew? He’d never told anyone and because he was a child of the Depression, he thought this fantasy was silly. So he didn’t and all of a sudden – it was too late. That very day I sat down and made a list – not a ‘Bucket List’ – just a short list of things I’d always wanted to do but had never gotten around to doing – things which if I’d been laying there in that bed, I’d have had regrets. My dad is not with us any more, but he left me with a lot of wise thoughts. Here is one: Life is short – it’s dead that lasts a long time.
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