I happened to see a news show on CNN Today – where, in between explaining Putin and his ill-fated march to Ukraine, and the latest horrific on ISIL, host Fareed Zakaria found time to berate Americans for not using all their vacation (vaca) time, and for many not taking vacations at all!
I’m going to explain to him, and to you, my favorite reader, why he can relax and quit worrying about me! All I hear from the media is about life-work balance, about the USA’s work-aholic obsession with their jobs.
There is a great reason for this – and it’s because, more than any other country, we have the FREEDOM to do what we want in our work lives. This means, for me, if I want to run a marathon on a Wednesday morning, I CAN!! And if I’m so excited by a project I’m working on – I can stay up until 1:30 or 2 AM and finish it, secure in the knowledge that I can sleep until 9 am tomorrow and wake up rest, refreshed, and with my project finished!
Another reason for less “official” vaca in the USA is that so many of us are entrepreneurs,
*** THAT WE LOVE WHAT WE DO ***
*** THAT WHAT WE DO MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN OTHER’S LIVES***
I know that if I miss a day or two, or even a week or two of formal vacation, maybe one less nurse will be assaulted or hit by a patient, one more innocent bystander may NOT die in an active shooter event, and a family will be able to stay in their home because the tornado and/or hurricane warnings went out on time to save lives.
Depsite my own ups and downs, and the sadness I feel when I see the stats about how violence in the world is increasing — I AM UPLIFTED, EXCITED, AND FASCINATED
BY MY WORK.
Maybe this a definition problem — if work is defined by standing at a widget machine all day, or carrying boxes into a loading doc, maybe the work is not uplifting, but I think Americans are unusually able to control and direct their work. To have the freedom to
choose work that is uplifting and makes a difference.
SO STOP HARASSING ME ABOUT NOT TAKING VACATIONS. Every day of my
life is a vacation and I not going to change that any time soon!