I was away for a couple of days last weekend up north at the in-laws with Mr. T. Internet connection was intermittent and we were lucky that the heat wasn’t as bad as a few weeks ago while we were there then (in that we weren’t dripping with sweat after a bath!)
It was hectic before we left and guess what – it’s still hectic now that we’ve returned. I guess it’s all a cycle. Some weeks move along faster than others while other days it feels like it’s dragging its feet. Taking some time away from our desks reminded us that time can stand still in some aspects: work being one of them. Maybe it’s an equation that needs us in it in order for it to fully compute. Without us, there would be no work. And likewise, what are we without work?
I’ve always thought that when I arm myself with a book and some time on the couch, I can escape work for a little while. I know now that it’s fleeting – I still have work at the back of my mind. Or at least I’m subconsciously still trying to link my problems with a possible answer. All these synapses trying to connect while reading a book. It’s exhausting.
Maybe one needs to physically get away from work before they can ever see it from the rearview mirror. One thing’s for sure though: it’s always waiting with open arms when you return. But if you’re lucky it won’t be tugging at your sleeves – asking when you’ll be back or begging you to come back sooner.
Share with me: How do you guys take your mind off work? Are you able to tell work to stay where it is and don’t move, while you shift gears and sit in another room; or must you completely leave your studio or your workroom in order to have some semblance of a life outside of work?