Having Fun whenever you can, Learn to relax
I am going to say that life is too short not to enjoy yourself once in awhile. I have been working for 28 years now and there was a time when I would have done anything for my job and employer until they decided that they no longer required my services. Just before that happened I worked as a service rep for an process analyzer company servicing the Oil and Gas industry. For 3 years leading up to my dismissal our group would compete on how much OT we would get through the year. The average OT for each of us was around 1100 to 1200 hours a year. The average worker puts in about 1,920 hours per year and that is with out holidays and stat holidays and in that case would be somewhere around 1,750-1,800 hours. My top year in that 3 year period was 1,450 hours nearly 2/3 of the total average hours per year. When the day came to let me go I was devastated and didn't know what I was going to do. Ii was young and that was my 1st job. Well I had sued the company for wrongful dismissal and got a years salary out of them without going to court. I had decided then that I would spend time coaching my sons Atom hockey team instead of working It wasn't that I didn't want to work yet but I could find anything at the time. It was about 3-4 months after the layoff that I woke up one day and it felt that a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. What I soon realized that it took me that long for all the stress I was under to finally leave me. I was quite lucky as considering how stressed I was that I didn't even know it but I managed not to get very sick as a result. I I know too many people that I have worked with over the years you don't take the time to relax and have to and find themselves on the wrong side of life. It is amazing what Stress can do to an individual, heart conditions, weight gain, diabetes, and the list goes on. That layoff happened in 1995 and I have not looked back since that day as I decided there and then that life was too short not t have fun. I started a WORK TO LIVE policy and went on holidays as often as I can never work OT if didn't have too spend more time with my family. By the way that hockey team I coached in Atom that year went on to be triple champions that year and went undefeated as well. I have spent nearly 17 years coaching Hockey and Soccer for my kids mostly and enjoyed every minute of it. That is the sort of thing that I am talking about finding ways to relax and enjoy life.
I am taking a chapter out my life and on this coming Monday I am taking my daughter who is 16 horseback riding for 1/2 A day in Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I haven't ridden a horse for over 20 years and my daughter hasn't ever. This is something that she wanted to do and I am a truly looking forward to the time with her in wide open fresh air. Later next week will be hopefully taken a few days and go camping in the mountains as well.
So these are the sort of things that I love to do and now that I am part of WA I want to make those days more frequent.