Saturday, 17 January 2009

Getting Stressed Planning Vacations

Vacations are meant to relieve stress and gain a fresh perspective. So it is very odd that this activity stresses so many people out, both in the planning stage and during the vacation itself.

Dumb people see vacations as big to-do lists. Gotta do this. Gotta do that. They get hung up on the details of how to have the "perfect vacation". But they never really enjoy themselves because they are too busy dragging themselves through the motions of what they feel they have to do to make the most of it.

Can't stay at home. Too boring.

Can't go somewhere local. Too easy.

Can't go somewhere that isn't super-crowded. Too unpopular. As a member of the herd you have to all be doing the same things in order to feel good about it.

Afterwards it's funny to hear a dumb person say how they can't wait to get back to work because of how stressful the "vacation" was.

And the next time around they are compelled to top it. This adds to the sense of restlessness and unease, and keeps the momentum going the next time they want to get away from it all.

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