I have recently been in contact with HomeAway (link), discussing the habits we all seem to have adopted in the 21st century, particularly when it comes to work. I am a part of this generation where I don’t really remember a world without a telephone or decent computer, where we are constantly looking for the next best means of technological entertainment, or where we are so career driven that we physically forget about all other aspects of life. As a teenager I want to be very conscious of this, and try to stray away from this type of world that can completely consume you. When discussing this, I started to understand just how passionate I was about the subject, and also how unaware many young people are of the effects this life can have on your health and social relationships. According to statistics, 224 billion dollars was credited to corporations last year for unused vacation time. This is not to say that companies don’t give employees the time off, it is more that nearly half choose not to take it. The ultimate aim is to get people away from their desks, and focusing more of their time on things that really matter in life.
Personally, I feel that I spend too much time sat on my laptop. Having to complete coursework and revise for A-levels is hard enough without having the extra pressure of a blog, but ultimately I love and need to do both, so I dedicate the time to it. Something that I discuss rarely, is what I want to do in the future, because the truth is that I don’t know. I would like to use this blog as a base and work up from there, but this requires a lot of time. Often people don’t realise how many hours do go into this. This can be the case in any job – as unless you have done it, no one can ever understand how much time and effort must go into it in order for your work to be successful. Added onto that is also the constant buzz you get from doing a job that you love.
My family and I all have a very strong relationship, and I try to spend as much time as possible with them. There is nothing I love more than a relaxed family lunch, or our pretty epic holidays. Living with my grandparents I have had many opportunities to do lots of travelling, as it is something they are passionate about, and spending this time with them to me is just so special. Having time out like this really helps me to remember what it important to me, and where my priorities will always lie. So I guess the message I am trying to get across is that we all need to go back to our roots a little bit – sort out our priorities and remember what is really important. However much you may love your job, ultimately it will never love you back.
Underneath I have attached a Youtube video, summing up everything I have said. It was made by HomeAway and Prince EA. I would recommend it a lot, as it definitely pulled on my heart strings a little.
Strolling around the HomeAway website, I found so many gorgeous holiday destinations, only making my 2016 need for more travelling more apparent! A popular choice can be seen here.
– have a lovely relaxed day –
This post is in collaboration with HomeAway, however all views and opinions are my own.