Well what a strange old year it has been so far. In January I spent a lot of time planning the year ahead and my work diary was looking really good with work booked up until November this year. I had made sure I had allowed time to leave two separte weeks for holiday breaks.
As we all know everyone's plans changed overnight in March and for many of us our work life changed dramatically too. Instead of driving to client's premises up and down the country, with regular overnights spent in hotels, I found myself at home for months. I do like to keep busy and with my training work, my acting work, making time to spend with family and friends, this normally keeps me very busy indeed.
Oddly enough I haven't actually missed travelling here there and everywhere, nor have a missed the numerous overnight stays in hotels. I certainly haven't missed constant packing and unpacking of my suitcase! Don't misunderstand me though: I love my work and I do quite enjoy the variety of working in different places and there are even some hotels I quite look forward to visiting. I just haven't missed it. The gain has been so much more time to spend at home, working (some of the time) gardening (which I love) and generally enjoying the beauty of the North Yorkshire countryside.
Tomorrow I will be going on holiday for 7 days; actually getting on a plane and visiting another country. Normally I look forward to holidays for months in advance, but not this time. I really didn't think I would be going anywwhere given the "lockdown" due to Covid-19, so I put the holiday out of my mind. What a surprise a few weeks ago when the travel company contact us to tell us we were still going! I was cautious though as there was always the possibility that changes our Government made would mean our detination was out of bounds. However, in just over 24 hours I will be on my way.
Work-life balance is so important and I believe that during the last few months, many people have come to realise they don't get it right and spend far more time working, travelling , time away from home or working very long hours. There are so many simple things in life to enjoy and yet we often don't see that if we take a walk there are some lovely places to visit right on our doorstep; things you never normally have "time" to do. Truth be told we just don't make the time.
I shall go away on my holiday and probably not think about work at all. I hope you are having a break too, even if you are still furloughed or just not working. It doesn't have to be expensive. I know many people have been taking time for a few days away in the UK. If you can't manage that, just take a walk from your front door and see where it takes you!