November 16, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Back to the Grind

My vacation week at an end, I sit here waiting for my flight with that exhausted-satisfied-expectant feeling that comes at the end of most vacations. Exhausted from a week of play in a hot and humid climate. Satisfied by the much-needed rest and relaxation. Expectant of a return to the routine of daily life.

In our overworked culture, vacations come with a great deal of anticipation. Such anticipation helps us through long and stressful work days, giving us something to look forward to. Long before the vacation starts, we research our destination, living vicariously through the accounts of travel writers and guidebook descriptions. On the day of travel, we feel like a child on Christmas Day.

By the end of the vacation, whether the holiday failed or exceeded expectations, we often feel ready to return to the daily grind. That's not to say we look forward to getting back to the stress of work and the monotony of traffic jams. But after living out of a suitcase for a week or more, eating out all the time, sometimes drinking too much, getting too much sun and playing too hard, the simplicity of staying home has an appeal all its own. The anticipation of returning to the daily routine may not run as high nor burn as strong as the expectancy of the vacation itself, but little things like watching the news or feeding the cat can seem attractive.

I've had a great week, and I'm not looking forward to jumping back into another 60-hour work week, but at least I feel re-energized and ready to tackle whatever life throws at me—at least this week.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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November Columns:

11/28: Family Willow
11/27: Thankful
11/24: Nuclear North Korea
11/21: All Jacko, All the Time
11/20: Mantrimony
11/19: Tutankhamen: Page One
11/18: The Dying Light
11/16: Back to the Grind
11/13: Overpriced
11/12: Land's End
11/11: Veterans' Day
11/10: Cabo Bound
11/9: Supercharged
11/8: Internet Buzz
11/7: Recharged?
11/5: Open Mouth, Insert Foot
11/4: No Wiggle Room
11/1: A Week Lost in Time
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