I have just returned to work after my wonderful 5 days off. Why were they wonderful? Because I had 5 days to sleep as much as I wanted and when I wanted. Not waking up at 5AM is lovely! Because I could eat whatever I wanted (without it being served in a buffet line) and drink whenever I wanted without consequence. Because I was reunited with my guitars and keyboard for 5 full days giving me the chance to channel my inner (rusty) musician. Because a shower in your own home has to be the most magical thing. Goodbye shower shoes!
I have learned a certain few things with working away from home these past few years.
I have learned to appreciate the simplicity of the small things, furthermore, appreciate all that I have. I appreciate having a comfortable, warm bed to sleep in. I appreciate the use of a shower complete with warm water. I appreciate there being a fridge I can walk downstairs to open and know there is always something I can eat.
I have learned to love my alone time. When you are younger you always want to be with your friends and being alone was always ‘boring’ for most people. I have always been a partial introvert, always liked my alone time. But now, I love my alone time. I no longer mutter the words ‘I am bored’ when alone. It is pure bliss being able to close the door to my room and hibernate if I please too. At work I am with people from 6:15AM to 6:30PM at work, then we all eat dinner together till about 7:30PM. When I do get back to my camp room I have about 2.5 hours to myself which I then have to shower etc, etc. It surely is a drag being surrounded by pestering people all day to only get so little time to hang out by myself (I go to sleep at 10PM). So hence, I love my alone time.
I have learned that to love yourself is of utmost importance. I am still working on this one myself. I understand how hard it is to appreciate yourself just as you are. With the media constantly manipulating our thoughts of what ‘true beauty is’ or telling us how we should live or what we should strive to be, it is increasingly hard to remain true to yourself and not compare yourself to other people. Wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and tell your reflection that you are beautiful. Screw what other people think! You are yourself, no one else.
I have learned that you cannot depend on money buying you happiness. You always hear the saying ‘Money can’t buy happiness’ and its a little bit of a lie. We need money to physically survive in the modern world. So yes, money can buy you happiness but only to a certain point. A lot of civilization has been sucked into the materialistic side of life (myself included). We are convinced we need all these fancy things to make us happy and they might for a short time, but I consider this artificial happiness. True happiness does not come from the purchase of a new outfit (that you will hate in 3 months) or the purchase of a fancy new car that will leave you in debt for an average of 3-4 years (not to mention the insurance, upkeep and potential repairs).
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
I have learned that you cannot let work consume and take over your life. While having a career may be necessary, you must not forget about living and life. You may not need your family all the time, but they might need you. The same goes for friends. Do not forget about those you love and don’t want to loose. A job may not always be there, but friends and family will. So make sure to keep those bonds as a job will not hold you when you cry, listen when you complain, make you laugh when you need it most or love you just the way you are.
I have learned that laughter feeds the soul. I don’t mean the fake laughter you give your boss when he attempts at telling a funny joke. I mean the real ab clenching laugh the you feel in your lungs and belly. The laugh that makes your face hurt from smiling so long. Because lets be honest, we all need to smile more. So be yourself, get weird and have a good laugh at LEAST once a day.
Overall I have learned the importance to just live. Do what makes you happy, not what you think you have to do. There are these constant stereotypical standards to live up to these days. But will becoming one of those stereotypes make you happy? Do not rush into life because of societies pressures. Live a life that you don’t need to take a ‘vacation’ from and take chances! Many of us fear the unknown and cloud our minds with the ‘what ifs’ and pay more attention to the potential cons when they should focus on the pros. If your not happy, then it is time to make a change don’t you think?
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design into the present.”
And shall I say it?
LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE my friends.