It's been a good ten months since I started in the crazy corporate world and over a year and a half since I started working. I've traveled already so much for work but nothing compares to the beauty that is vacation. It's perhaps cultural. Working in the US is odd as a Canadian raised with Colombian parents. Americans are often guilt-tripped into not taking vacation where competition is fierce and work-life balance is often compromised. I've been quite hard on myself but I'm glad to know I took time off to gather my energy, thoughts and find pieces of my soul again.
While in Cancun, I forgot about my mistakes at work, about the deadlines, resentment or worries. I thought about love. I thought about my family and childhood memories. I thought about what I want and how it can be difficult to keep your head up high with your goals and dreams in mind when you're constantly needing to be efficient and robotic. The "don't think, just do" motto is how I get through my busy days and being able to sit on a beach and not do, is essential. It's being human...and allowing yourself to let go is how you'll be able to lead your career, relationships, and life. Ultimately, a balance is needed. There are times to go-go-go and cut off all emotions and there are times you must allow yourself to say "yes" to yourself and live.
Don't think, just do
isn't always the right motto.
On my family vacation, I got a chance to be with my lovely parents and sister. We treated my parents to Argentinian Steakhouse dinners to gifts and to our time. I realized how much I missed Colombia and my extended family. I realized how I need to take better care of my body. I realized how difficult it is to have let some people go even though it was for the best. Excitedly, I started getting ideas for my long-term dream and thought about how I'd like to get into real estate and boutique hotels. I wrote them down and The Business of Travel is where I learn. While I thought about a lot, at one point I stopped and just enjoyed running across the beach with my earphones on and the clear blue Caribbean Sea by my side.
Have you ever felt burned out or ready for some time off? Why? After asking myself, I was able to let go of the weight on my shoulders and come back refreshed. I suggest we all choose a time to love ourselves and our loved ones by giving the most valuable asset we have: time.