It’s time for a break.
“BUT BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE A BREAK FROM IMPORTANT THINGS. FROM YOUR CAREER. FROM WHAT YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT.”
It’s ok to take breaks. Better than ok.
It’s ok to need a rest from a desk job. It’s ok to become sick of politics and Twitter. It’s ok to put down your phone, your laptop, your textbooks and sign off your emails.
Better than ok.
You are more than your job and your hobbies.
Maybe getting out of bed in the morning has been more of a struggle recently. More than a “oh I’m just not a morning person” struggle. A tiredness that’s more than just being physically tired or mentally tired.
When even the activities that normally give you the most pleasure start to feel simply “too much”. When every effort you put in always ends up feeling “too little”.
You’re socially active, you’re politically aware, you put in the hours for your job and the pressure on your career.
You’re researching that next big move, getting some of the laundry done, while dragging your sorry ass to the gym and pretending that it’s fun.
But not right now. And that’s OK.
Being able to...affording to, take a step back is a privilege. It may be earned through hours and paycheques but it is still a privilege. One I don’t intent to take lightly.
So next week I’m signing off. Off from work, from social media, emails and wedding planning. I won’t be a marketer, a writer or a blogger. I’ll just be Ruth for a few weeks. Or whatever I find left over.
From London, to Hong Kong, Sydney and back. And all I can think about right now is the gloriously long flights. A gift in disguise. Being switched off, sat still and no pressure for what’s on the other side.