It doesn't take long before the new year well and truly kicks in and we find ourselves back on life's treadmill, back into the work routine. Our life becomes focused on work being our priority, doing the things we need to do to get to work on time, look the part, be mentally and physically alert and able. We can lose sight of what else matters, what else is important to us.
It's a very good thing then that the first part of the year in Australia has a sprinkle of public holidays that give us the opportunity to step off the work treadmill for a day. We can get some reprieve, some space for ourselves, a sense of getting our life back again.
We can choose how to spend this day. We might want to sleep in, to catch up on some rest. We might choose to visit family or friends, catch up on relationships that can slip when we get busy with our work. We might even catch up on jobs at home, those boring but necessary tasks. We might do something quite out of the ordinary, like a day trip or visit to a place we've never been before.
It's a good thing these holidays come along. They can remind us about the value and importance of work, but also the value and importance of other parts of our life. It can give us the opportunity to live out some of those other parts. It can remind us that relationships matter. That we are more than just an employee or worker. We are multidimensional and have lots of aspects that make up who we are.
We might appreciate most knowing that the day is coming, making it easier to get through the week before knowing that we have an extra day on the weekend. It can give us something to look forward to, something to make us feel hopeful and back in tune with ourselves again.