Say NO to holidays!

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There is something strikingly strange about people’s fascination for holidays. It’s like the frenzy prior to Saturday night. The day after tends to strike us with its blandness, leaving us nauseous and slightly dispirited. For me hangovers compare to holiday returns, minus the bad breath and the urge for burgers. Everything seems tasteless, colours are either dull or blinding, any setback feels insurmountable…

The moment I set foot in a vehicle taking me back to reality I resent whoever created “holidays”. Making a living has just taken the time to have a life away from me. I invest all this frustration in time off and “invest” is the right word here.  I would rather have pasta for a month if I get away a weekend and dive in the Red Sea.  As a kid, I grew up wondering why people were looking forward to getting stuck in traffic, going to crowded beaches and trying to “have a good time” for two weeks. Was everyday life so bad they were ready to endure this just to get away?  The worst bit of it is probably  that it takes two days for the feeling to sink in and an other three  to realise the holiday is ending. By the end of the week, you have spent 5 days thinking about being on a leave and 2 days enjoying being on one.  If we would not entrust our holidays with all our expectations and with the power to release all our frustrations we would probably have a healthier approach to time off. 

Then again, I can’t help but wonder: Would we appreciate holidays as much if they were not “holidays”? Many people would say that days spent by the sea, diving, lying in the sun, would end up feeling as grey and dull as weeks spent in office. Routine strikes anyone anywhere and I agree that you often lose sense of the beauty around you when it is constantly in sight. Meanwhile, when did it become more socially accepted to grow tired of everything people are longing for ? Most of us rush to “last minute” trips to exotic places or just long for lazy weekends in nearby places. Then, why is it we have to ensure it remains a short-time parenthesis in our everyday life? Do we have a natural tendency to cherish what is doomed to end? We spend time at old relatives’ bedside but we forsake them while they are still vigorous, we never try as hard as when a relationship is on the verge of ending, we hardly spend that much time with friends as on the days before they leave…

Is  the very expiration date of the holiday what makes it so special? If you know it ends, you have to live it out at 200%. But guys, WE have an expiration date, we will not live forever. I am not pretending we should all quit our jobs and go back to Woodstock. I am just asking people to stop convincing themselves that they are better off growing tired of being locked up in an office with AC, chasing time and promotions. I am not saying life should be about palm trees, white sand and grilled fish, we all have our very own vision of “the good life”. What I am wondering though is that if we enjoy holidays because they are ending, why can’t we do the same with our lives?

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