I’m on the last day of my first no-logging-into-work-real-vacation in more years than I would like to admit. I work for a wonderful employer who offers me all the vacation I need, but I’ve simply chosen to take half vacations where I work a little bit each day to keep up with things. It works for me. And to be perfectly honest, I’ve quite possibly avoided taking full on vacations because I worry how much I will enjoy it and how much it will make me miss how my life was before Work.
I was a stay at home mom for many years. Stay at home momming is where my heart is. It’s my calling. The time I spent being at home with my kids and all the things that came with that? Those were the best days. These days are good too. I have a Job because I found something I love and it was my husband’s time to be a stay at home dad.
All the same, on this, the last day of my vacation, I’ve been thinking about what I would do if my husband and I didn’t need to earn an income. If all our needs were met, we had no debt, we had the freedom to do what we wanted, we lived in relative comfort, what would we do? Well, I would no longer work for someone other than myself, for starters.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. And in fact, I am looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow. I love interacting with people, I enjoy helping people use WordPress, and I get a huge charge out of working with and guiding aspiring Happiness Engineers through their trials. But, I came to this work from a need to earn a living, not because working with software and doing support is my calling. I’m just fortunate that something I am good at and something I enjoy is something that is valuable enough to someone that they pay me to do it.
But what would I do if I could choose regardless of any considerations around money?
I would continue to travel, but probably extend that travel to places that are harder to get to and maybe not always in my travel trailer, like Alaska, India, and everywhere in SOuth America.
I would learn how to art better. I would learn how to paint, I would sketch more, get back into pottery.
I would garden.
I would read novels.
I would engage more with my kids. (I would probably just do all of the aforementioned things with my kids 🙂 )
Once I ran out of those things (and probably somewhere along the way) I would find other things to do, new passions or old passions rekindled. Maybe I would start doula-ing again but for free to women and families that couldn’t pay for it. Maybe I would have the space to be more active in a local community like our local WordPress community. Maybe I would find some way to help homeschooling families.
But for now, I will get back to work tomorrow and someday soon I will take another no-logging-into-work-real-vacation.