As I return to work after the end of year break I find myself struggling. Struggling with getting back into the routine of rising early and heading out the door to catch my train. Struggling with spending the day in the office having to maintain concentration on work when I was just adjusting to spending the day relaxing.
It's also a time to reflect on how easy it is to take my work for granted. Having a job to return to means regular income, fulfillment, a sense of purpose, a way to use my knowledge and skills developed over many years and, importantly (it seems at the moment anyway), the opportunity to save up leave again to have another break.
I reflect on the opportunities I have that others don't have. Some people might not have a job or might be - like I have been in the past - facing the end of a contract and needing to find a new role. Some people might have health or family concerns which prevent them from doing what I take for granted.
Some people's jobs might be really hard physically or they may experience harassment or bullying from managers or colleagues. Some people's jobs might not be very fulfilling, might be tedious and boring. Some people need to work all night or on weekends, unlike my comfortable daytime hours.
After spending some time reflecting and actually getting myself back into the routine again much more quickly than I expected, I'm able to see the positives of returning to work. I can now start to plan what I want to achieve at work this year, what new ways of working I might be able to develop, what new relationships I will develop with my colleagues, what new things I will learn.
I can always start to plan for the end of the year holiday. It's never too early to do that, I guess. Where will it take me this time? It doesn't really matter as long as it's relaxing, gives me time to read and take photos and focus a bit inwardly.
I can identify with this piece, lynjo. I had trouble getting back into the routine of work, too, but I'm lucky to have my job and without it I wouldn't have the life I have, so I soldier on.