My semester break was a fortnight of absolute bliss. Even though I was sick for a few days, and had to deal with moving, I didn’t work any extra hours for the first time, and spent all my free time bumming around, doing absolutely nothing. I slept, ate, watched TV and movies, ate some more, and slept.
Normally, I’m the kind of person who likes to keep fairly busy. I feel guilty if I’m not doing something productive. But depending on what happens jobwise, it could be a long time before I get time off to do whatever I want again. Just to be able to relax, and remove myself from the strain of a final-year workload, was AMAZING. It went by far too fast.
I’ve always thought it would be boring to retire – imagine 20 or 30 years of not working!
But as much as I like my job, those two weeks really made me think again. If I didn’t NEED to work for the money, would I?
I’d probably do some parttime or volunteer work for a nonprofit, or an organisation that works with migrants/refugees or the disadvantaged. I’d like to do something rewarding and give back (corny as it sounds).
For a while, at least, I think I’d eat out once a day or every couple of days. I’m not talking Subway or Starbucks; more like dinner at a restaurant, so I could indulge my love of Thai/Indian/Malaysian cuisine which I don’t know how to make myself.
I’d go visit family overseas, and travel to Europe, Asia and the States like I’ve always wanted.
I’d go to a lot of live music events, and pick up my guitar again.
I might dabble in the stockmarket,and I’d definitely do tons of reading, and maybe start a book review blog – or try to get a gig as a reviewer.
And maybe, like a few people I’ve come across, I might pack it all in and go live on a boat for a while, or something equally crazy.
What about you?
I would go travelling and hire a personal chef! Haha. I think I would still work – but I would like to work for myself and set my own hours, something that I’m hoping to do eventually anyways!!
It’s ALWAYS nice to have some time off work. I always think I’m going to be bored but never am!
I might just keep on as I’m doing now if money weren’t a consideration. I’m keeping REALLY busy! But I sure would like for it not to be related to people I love getting sick anymore. I’d be happy to be there for people without them havin to fall ill in the first place.
More travel, more nesting, more school. More writing? I’m not doing nearly so much of that now that I feel like I’m not living as much. ‘course, I write about money, so would money being no object take that away? Hmmm….!! 🙂
@Amber, Yeah, I think I’m the same way – I actually really enjoy just chilling and having the time to read a book or bake or whatever. Even during those two weeks I still never found the time or inclination to go anywhere near my guitar (poor thing needs restringing before I even touch it again…). Also, a personal chef would be amazing!!
@Revanche you’re having such a busy time of it, no wonder you feel like you’re not living as much. I know you’ll get back into it, once this phase passes 🙂
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