It’s happened! It is so embarrassing, and I still can’t believe it. For the first time in many, many years I actually forgot a password I use at work. Me! The person who secretly (or not) gripes about having to reset passwords when other people forget theirs. Sigh.
I have always been mystified at how it is possible for people to forget the passwords they use on a daily basis. Whenever I ask this question from them, the answer is “I have been on leave for two weeks.” Really?! Well, I have been on leave for three weeks at times, and I’d come back with all my passwords ready to flow from my brain to my fingertips as soon as I touched the keyboard. What everyone failed to explain to me was the hidden meaning behind the words leave and vacation. Total relaxation! Um. . . did you just say “duh!”?
What can I say? I always worried about work while on vacation, never quite able to get rid of “The Nagger”. “The Nagger” is better known as that scratchy feeling at the back of my mind, with tentacles that somehow find a way to wrap itself around my heart where it applies just enough pressure to ensure discomfort. It’s a constant reminder that I have to stay alert, never get too comfortable. Staying home, in close proximity to work (just in case), didn’t help either. The pattern probably would’ve repeated itself if it wasn’t for the week I went to visit my friend, Lisa, this year. If you haven’t done so already, you can read more about it in my any excuse to visit a friend series of posts. That was the second week of my three-week vacation. The week when I was finally able to ignore “The Nagger”, with determination. I did not think about anything remotely work-related and did not worry about anything . . . at all. It was bliss.
“The Nagger” made a valiant attempt to return the following Wednesday. My solution? Urgent arrangements to visit the Kragga Kamma Game Park (click the name to see more photos), about 75km from home, where my parents and I spent most of the day, Friday. It was my first visit there, and I wasn’t disappointed. On the way home we also popped in at the Seaview Game and Lion Park.
Now. . . the first week back at work has past, and I’ve discovered a few things. Total relaxation is a shock to the system, after the fact:
- It can cause selective memory dump – like forgetting passwords
- It can compromise your immune system – I didn’t worry about taking vitamin supplements during my vacation time and within the first couple of days back at work developed early warning symptoms of cold/flu, and an almost migraine.
- It can cause difficulty with mindset adjustments, and getting back into routines – working as opposed to relaxing
Total relaxation is awesome! Can’t wait to do it again 🙂