My week long vacation is coming to an end, so it is back to work today and in some ways I’m glad to get back to the daily grind. The past week I did what I needed to do more than anything else and that was to rest and get caught up on some much-needed sleep. Like millions folks around the world I have trouble getting to sleep at night and I think it is most likely due to the fact I can’t seem to get my mind to shut down from daily thoughts and problems.
I’m one of those folks who enjoy working and most likely I will never totally retire because work is an important part of my life. While I don’t think I’m a workaholic by any stretch, I do find myself growing restless on Sunday night and ready to get back to my job on Monday. As I get older, I believe working is something that is needed and natural in most people. Sure some people do just fine staying at home and doing nothing, but I think the vast majority of people need a job or a project to work on in order to achieve some kind of inter peace of accomplishment.
Of course, it might just be that human beings are so much into a routine that if we vary that pattern very much each day, our whole mind starts to rebel. There have been some research studies that show people who have worked hard their entire life only to retire and do nothing, don’t live very long after their retirement. The whole mind body experience is tied together by the need for accomplishment and once a person stops trying to accomplish things each day through work, they tend to start to fade away and die an early death.
Vacations are very important and I try and take them every time I am eligible for extra time off from work. However, a vacation isn’t as important if hard work and the need for a little R&R from the daily grind don’t precede it. I believe down deep inside that what is at the root of people needing to work is the need we all have inside to do something productive with our lives. The truth is a person doesn’t need a regular job to be productive, but most folks won’t take the initiative necessary to start important projects on their own without a manager at work to instruct them to do so.
So it is back to work for me today and I’m looking forward to seeing my coworkers again and getting back into the routine of a daily job. There are things in life that are much worse than a sore back and aching legs and feet at the end of the day. In a way, these kinds of pains are good for my mind because my body is telling me that I did something important that day and somehow my minds finds a way to reward my soul.