The “Holiday” Mentality

keep-calm-and-start-the-countdown-8You know when you’re with a friend and all your conversation is about how their  holiday is in X amount of time?

Or when you log onto Facebook or Twitter and you see numerous people counting down the days/months before going on holiday?

This makes no sense to me. When you arrive at your holiday destination you don’t count how many days are left, do you?

I feel sorry for these people, you know why?

Because it’s a shame that their life revolves around going on holidays.

I mean, okay, I understand it’s nice to go on a holiday, discover new places, countries, cities and relax for 20 days.

But what about the other 345 days?

I mean 345 days of the year your miserable and the other 20 days, while your on holiday, your happy?

My point here is quite simple:

Why not make make your life/job your dream life? Why not work in an environment where you just love what you do?

I know statistically that there is a high percentage of people that are literally doing what they hate. And no, I will not tell you to “think positive” and all that.

What I’m suggesting to you is why not work on YOUR goals and create a life that you love, and don’t have to “escape” from.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.

- Thomas A. Edison

I mean, here is the way I see it. You count down the days till you go on holiday. You arrive. The days of your holiday fly by so quick. Now its back to your boring life that you hate?

Sounds so bizarre to me..

Yet this is how most of my friends describe their life, and going on holiday.

I’ve also noticed something amazing..

People can be ridiculously productive and organized when it comes down to making plans for their holidays.

Yeah, I mean write down every little detail, right down to the exact time of each individual activity.

Why not use this skill in your everyday life? Or use it to create your dream lifestyle?

Why not be that productive and organized on a daily basis?

Think of the benefits you will gain!


Rewrite the future. Place some goals. Do some work.

You want to change the industry your working in? Get to work and do it!

Want to change the company you are working for? Go change it!

I know it’s not easy, it’s hard work, but please tell me something that’s easy in life?

Oh that’s right…I know what’s easy…

Watching TV, complaining, playing it “safe”, and procrastinating.

There is a cliche saying that goes something like this:

“Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

This is totally true. If you do what you love, no matter how hard it gets,you always enjoy waking up in the morning.


Let’s hear some of YOUR thoughts on this..

Do you LOVE what you do? Or are you counting down the days till your next holiday?

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  1. Love this post, very motivational x x

    • jlatour

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

  2. nicely stated! LMA

  3. Exceptional.

    • Agree – think this is the mindset of peole who accept doing a job they don’t enjoy, motivating themselves by having one good holiday a year.

      • jlatour

        Glad you guys enjoyed the post. Thanks for the feedback, Cheers!

  4. I am a teacher and I love what I do. It’s tough especially when it comes to marking and the everyday paperwork. But my time with the kids r precious….my kids btw r 16 yr olds lol but they are still my babies….you r right…ppl are either living in the past or their future and they miss their present because of that :)

  5. Lovely post! I share the same view on this. Someone else once said “Work doesn’t stop. So do what you love because it wouldn’t matter than that it doesn’t stop”

  6. Can only agree! – life shouldn’t be in long unpleasant and short nice bits!

  7. i’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as i find myself searching for something to look forward to. it’s like i don’t know how to survive without a countdown, but realized sometime recently that it’s super unsatisfying to live that way. i am doing my dream job, i enjoy every day, and while i am super excited when the weekend comes (hi, i’m a teacher) and certainly looking forward to my next trip home to see my family, it feels really really nice to feel like every day is worthy of a countdown.

  8. LaneyT

    Interesting…I think people should focus more time and energy on building positive relationships with whatever they do and whoever they are with to embrace life and be happy with what they have. If people don’t do this, they lose out on the good things in life. If you waste time on things that don’t matter in life and ignore the people who matter most in life, you’re bound to be miserable and lose them.

  9. I completely agree with this. I used to go on holiday a lot and always said I “needed” a holiday but then I’d come home and be down because I was hit with reality of going back to work. These days I don’t feel I “need” a holiday, I just need to get on with reality! I love this post!

  10. Great post!

  11. I completely agree with this! I don’t understand how people can spend their whole lives at a job they hate. People spend nearly a third of their lifetime working! I hate to say it, but it totally fits here- YOLO, don’t waste it.

    • jlatour

      haha! I usually hate the term YOLO but I guess it does fit here :)

  12. This made me laugh a bit because I just wrote a blog entry on my graduation countdown. Good point you made though.

  13. I love this because its all so true. Why plan what we want to do and what we want to see when we go on holiday when we should be planning our lives just as much. I know that some people hate change, they get stuck in their little comfort zones because it feels familiar and OK to them but then they are the ones who quickly turn around and say “My life is boring” etc etc..Maybe they should read this post and start motivating themselves for change…

  14. Great post, so true! As a parent I know how important it is to cherish every single moment, because they’re gone in a heartbeat. I leave the holiday countdowns up to my little one, because not only does she like to count down to when we leave, but also to when we get back, so she can see family, pets, friends, etc. We can definitely learn a lot from children :)

  15. Thank you for following my blog. I’ve been reading some of your articles and really enjoy them. I love telling a good story and since I write novels, the holidays are an interruption!

  16. Motivational post! It’s nice seeing someone who gets it! I surely enjoy what I do and I love ALL the days God has granted me :)

  17. It makes sense definitely. It’s nice to be excited to go on holiday sometimes though. I suppose be excited about it but at the same time don’t forget about the present and how amazing it can too be.

    Léa Joe

  18. I totally agree with what you are saying, but if you are a student then you kinda have to go to school, and some days are just a bit tiring and boring.

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