I love vacations,we all do.We have always looked forward for vacations when we were in college or school.It was a good healthy span of 2 months and more wherein we were free to do anything.Vacation,infact, is(was) a yearly activity for all of us.
Now, the moment we get jobs something drastically changes.This so called yearly activity ceases to be a part of our lives.All we get to do is enjoy our holidays once a week. One also meekly surrenders himself to this notion of a weekly off and says goodbye to his beloved yearly activity.
Now wait a minute……you will say ,”Hey we still enjoy vacation”
A few years back you were habituated to take more than 3 months vacation break (Summer+Diwali+Xmas) and now look what you have surrendered yourself too.
Here is something which I am sure many of you will agree with. Whenever you go out to ask for a ‘long leave’, your boss looks at you as if you are asking for permission to commit a murder .Then he/she swallows his/her fury of emotions and with a heavy heart approve your long leave.And then he/ she will look in your eyes and say, “Enjoy your long leave and do not bother/worry about your work here.”His/Her voice tone will carry a certain genuine sarcasm which immediately makes it clear to you that the moment you come back from your long leave, you will be repenting for going on the long leave in the first place.
Hey one more and this is my favorite.You will slog for 300 days in a year(52 Sundays) and then your employer will say, “You have worked really well my friend.Go on a 7 day break.Refresh yourself and come back.”And then one immediately feels happy for this 7 day break and starts to thank his stars .
I say, after working for 300 days don’t you feel you deserve something better than a 7 day break?How can a person ever rejuvenate in 7 days after he has worked for like 300 days!!Crazy!!!But you will not think about it and will go on to enjoy your 7 day break and you will do that my friend for you have resigned your claim on your once upon a time beloved activity – A Vacation.
Think what you can do about it my friends and reclaim what was rightfully yours!
Strive for a better work life balance!!
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