I have been working since past 6 years, ever since I finished my MBA in 2005. The maximum leave at a stretch that I have taken in these 6 years was the one during my wedding. I took about 15 days off then and they were spent in going from Bangalore to Ranchi, then to Punjab, then back to Ranchi and then back to Bangalore. The second time I took a long leave was in Feb this year for my BIL’s wedding.
In these 6 years of working, I have never taken a work break. Almost all vacations have been on extended weekends with a day or two added to it. Annual leaves have never been exhausted, in fact year on year the leaves have been wasted. Even the leaves that I have taken have never been completely devoid of work. I have been on calls and mails.
I have worked very hard in these 6 years. And therefore a sabbatical has been on my mind for some time now. I really do want to take off for 2 months, yes 60 full days. I don’t want to check my emails even once during this time. I don’t want to take a single work related call. Although I have no idea when I will be able to do this, I do have a fair idea of what I will be doing during these 2 months.
I will do lots and lots of travelling. I will spend time in Ranchi with parents. I will visit Italy and France with Aman, not a hurried trip but a more relaxed one, where I can take the flavor of these countries and not just tick mark the must sees. I will go on a vacation with my sister, a shopping vacation, where I will pamper her till I am broke. I will spend some time with my best friends R and A in either Goa or someplace where we can just talk and laugh like good old times.
I will read lots and lots of books. I will read all through my break, to my heart’s content.
I will cook. Maybe, I will even learn how to bake a cake. I will exercise. Maybe I will take up running.
I will learn to play a musical instrument. A guitar or maybe a violin.
I will get photographs printed. Almost all beautiful memories are just in softcopy now. But soft copies can never be as charming as printed glossy pictures. So I will sort and get some pictures printed and will put together albums.
I will go for lots of massages and spas. And I will relax. I will lie on the hammock, stare at the sea, sip on my coffee and read a book.
Yes, all that and much more. When? I don’t know. But one day I will…