Prophets of Doom

“Enjoy it while it lasts”

“Keep your feet on the ground” and it’s brother “Be Realistic” or how about “You’ve got to live in the real world” or “Life wasn’t meant to be easy”

What’s with the nay-sayers and negative thinkers? Why must they insist on pulling everyone down to their level of natural depression? At the start of December, I mentioned to someone at work that I was really looking forward to the Christmas break, that I needed a nice long rest, it’s been a tough year and I had a few things at home that I wanted to get done that the holidays would be perfect for.

Perfectly reasonable statement I thought, but no, her response was “yeah, but it won’t last long, time flies when you’re having fun and then it’s all over for another year, back to the grindstone” ….. Wow! Talk about wishing your life away, not to mention sucking all the fun out of life for other people. I managed not to get bogged down in the “enjoy it while it lasts” mentality and had a really lovely, relaxed and proportionate holiday. It was just long enough for me to get through all my little jobs around the house and garden, but not so long that I started to get bored or waste time.

The thing is, weekends are 2 days long, they are always 2 days long and how long or short they feel is irrevelant. I know that if I sleep until midday both days of the weekend, then they will feel shorter because I won’t have as much time awake and achieving things. However, if I get up at 10am both days, get on with my chores and manage to have some down-time to relax and recharge ready for another week then they feel much longer.

It’s my choice.

Peoples perception of the time taken for a holiday or weekend, or even a full week at work doesn’t change the amount of time you actually spend. If you take a 2 week holiday and go somewhere sunny (or snowy if you prefer) then it will last precisely 2 weeks, if you take an extra day over the weekend to have a 3-day weekend, guess what? It will last for 3 days. How you feel about it doesn’t actually change anything and constantly moaning about the passage of time won’t make you, or anyone else feel any better about it.

It was my first week back at work after the holidays last week, we had Monday off so it was only a 4-day week, but it felt so much longer, each day seemed to drag and hometime seemed to take forever to come, but it was still just a 4-day week.

The thing I’ve learnt is that tempus fugit at exactly the same rate whether you are at work or on holiday, whether you are sick or well, whether you are happy or fed-up, the only difference is how you deal with it. Being a doom-laden prophet for time isn’t going to change that.

If you insist on being a grumpy gundyguts and spend all your time concentrating on how slowly time is passing at work, or how fast it passes on holiday, then you will get the perception you are looking for, if you have to work then suck it up and deal with the requirements of your job, but try to keep a bit of perspective and treat time for what it is, then perhaps you won’t spend so much time huffing and sighing and bringing everyone else down.

Wish your own life away if you must, but leave the rest of us to live ours to the full.

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