Culture Shock — Why Going Back to Work Isn’t So Straighforward

This is where all the magic goes down....

The first day back to work after a lengthy vacation is usually a pretty strange feeling — but for me this time, it was even more different than what I was used to.

In the past, I’ve mourned the loss of freedom to while away hours as I pleased, the choice to wake up when I wanted — these things were always replaced with alarm clock-reveilles and the feeling that I wasn’t getting anything done quickly enough.

But this time was different — for the first time, I’d come back with a single question:

“Why?”

Before I’d left for Tanzania, I was pulling 12- to 16-hour days trying to wrap up as much work as possible before leaving. It was as if the fate of the world depended on me getting all of my work done right there and then.

Fast-forward a couple of weeks and I’;m sitting in a hut the size of my office and made of dirt, wood, dried grass and cow dung. It fits six family members, and no one complains about the snug fit, for this is all they know. (We didn’t take pictures, since we thought it would be disrespectful.)

Yet I’m back here and I’m hearing the moans of people who hate their job and others who feel stressed trying to get reports in on time.

However, I still understand how we can get so wrapped up in the madness of our jobs. I woke up this morning to a flurry of emails on my BlackBerry marked “high-priority” and “important”, and while I know it’s going to be a busy day, is that a good enough reason to get myself worked up?

Stop. Take a moment. Think about it — I mean really think about where you are in life and what really matters in your world.

Perhaps you too can experience a much-needed paradigm shift.

–case p.

The 2K11 24/7 CCCXIV: Getting Older, Not Worse

Deny it all you want, but you’re getting older! The face creams, surgery and wardrobe makeovers will only do so much — at the end of the day, time is on a level higher than any of us and will loose its effects on us all.

That’s a reality that I recently had to face, anyway — and it all started with a video game.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLVI: 10,000 Hours

There’s a saying about plans best laid that never turn out QUITE as intended rattling in the back of my head right now. All of us are born believing — if even for the briefest of moments — that we have the capacity to do something GREAT. Something AMAZING. That we can make our mark on the world and earn our rightful place in the history books. Nothing will stop us from our pursuit!

But we get older and things get more… complicated. We get compelling yet contradicting advice from everyone in our lives. We get all this stuff that distract us from our goals. We essentially fumble through the darkness without a match, trying to make sense of our lives and everything in them.

However, it can often feel like we’re not making any progress — like we’re chipping away at the statue ofr our lives bit by bit, but all it looks like right now is one big ol’ hunk of marble.