So I'm back, having had time off work, blogging and the Internet over the Summer. It still feels weird to be typing away, but I'll get used to it again. As this is the first scheduled time away from Someplace Strange, I thought I'd share some of the lessons this taught me.
To quote Norman Stanley Fletcher from Porridge: "What have I learned, Mr Mackay? ... All right. I'll just tell him three things. One - bide your time. Two - keep your nose clean. And three - don't let the bastards grind you down".
I missed blogging but ... I love my beautiful space, and time away is great for coming up with new ideas. It's also great for getting some perspective, as life is so much more than numbers, follows etc. It was great spending time with Rev T, the Tubblet and our extended family in a brand new place.
Work isn't the be all and end all. I'm career driven and like feeling I'm doing well in my job, but finding balance between work and life is equally important. No one died wishing they'd spent more time in the office. I want to look back and know that I'd worked hard but also had fun with my family.
You've got to do what you've got to do. It's easy to look at others think we ought to do that or be like that, but we're all different. What works for one family in their situation won't work for another. And that's okay. It isn't anyone else's business but yours.
And lastly ...
It's okay to have a rest. There's so much out there about working hard and achieving that implies you need to always be doing something, but having a rest is equally important. Working all the time just leads to tiredness and burnout. That's no fun.
The old Mars slogan was right, we need to work, rest and play.
Have you taken time off recently? What did you do?
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