Today has been my first full day back from my long weekend at the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona International Speedway. I took my son, had a friend fly in and roll with us, and had my brother meet us at the track for our camping and racing extravaganza. This is the 7th year my brother and I have attended, and we have camped at some level every single year.
This year was no different, and we kicked things up a notch by the three of us splitting the cost of an RV rental for the race. The plans have been in the works for my brother and I since shortly after last years race, and I am sure we will start planning for 2016 soon. Everything leading up to the big race was exciting, but now I am sitting here on a Monday evening faced with having to return back to the real world tomorrow.
It is amazing how much fun the work of planning the trip and setting up the camp was. Even the food shopping to feed 4 hungry dudes was fun….sort of anyway. During the trip there was work to split wood, start fires, cook food, clean stuff, etc. And all that was just fine.
What gets me every year though, is the work of cleaning up and packing camp is never fun. Upon returning home, we then had to unload and put away all the gear we so merrily loaded up for the trip. This morning I returned the RV, which also, was not fun.
Now here comes the biggie. Tomorrow, I return to the office, and I can’t say I am upset by it, but being on vacation beats the office any day. I do enjoy the work I do, and over the last several months the people I work with have changed very much for the better. It is all good…
But, all that said…. I still want to have more rest and relaxation before going back to the office. I know, this is totally normal, and it isn’t that big of a deal, but it does scream to me a reaffirmation of my core belief that you should do what you love. If you can pull that trick off, then even the rough days at work, still including doing things that you love to do.
So, tomorrow morning I will be in the office, wishing I was still at the race, but happy to get to my first sprint meeting.