I was sitting in a Starbucks on a Friday morning (not something I often do). But this was the first day of my holidays, or really the pilot for the first day (today was filled with errands).
And I was thinking about my vacation and the fact that when we’re away, we’re supposed to switch off and recharge. That’s a good thing. We get to take a break, watch, listen and learn, spend time with family and friends, chat with strangers and generally view things from a different vantage point.
And come back refreshed.
A lot of people say we should unplug completely. And that’s fine if you want it. But I don’t feel it’s right for me.
In fact, vacation has its roots in the Latin word meaning ‘freedom from something’.
So this year, I’m looking for freedom from… the recession; stress; people who are too hung up in the way things were to see that the world has changed; stuff that makes my blood boil; obligations I have to do (but don’t necessarily want to).
But not freedom from things I like.
So I won’t be on my laptop or BB eight hours a day putting out fires or answering emails.
But you will probably find me on Twitter. And I will be reading and occasionally commenting on blogs. I may even write a post or two (though the jury’s still out on that one).
Maybe it’s because social media blurs the lines between professional and personal; work and play; business and fun.
It’s a holiday; when better to be social?