As A First-Time Corporate Employee on her First Vacation Leave

I started my first job in October. I work in a digital marketing agency, and as with any job, can get very hectic. As with any job, the time and attention required from me is pretty high already considering that I’m just starting out and so far this is just 50% of the actual work load, but to be honest, I don’t mind at all because I’m having so much fun with my job. No two days are the same, and there’s a certain adrenaline to this industry that I love to chase.

Unlike school where you can be absent for a class and simply catch up on the lecture from your classmates, that’s not exactly the same case when you’re finally working. I’m now part of a system where if I don’t get the job done, certain things won’t be rolling, or there’s a potential that a deadline wouldn’t be met. If I didn’t love my job off the bat, being under that environment would have completely intimidated me, but I’m very blessed that I found a job that was a good fit for me.

A couple of weeks ago, I took my very first leave to attend a wedding in Bohol. It was weird because it felt like being absent from school, and constantly trying to figure out how I was going to make sure that I wasn’t neglecting my responsibilities, since I was anticipating for some documents to come in in preparation for a big presentation for a big company. Up until I reached NAIA, I was on my laptop, sending out e-mails and making sure that loose ends were tied up while I was gone. It was kind of crazy. I used to hate it when my parents were still on the phone talking to clients, but it wasn’t until that moment that I finally understood why.

After my friend and I landed in Bohol and got settled in our hotel, e-mails started coming in, and the documents I was waiting for finally came in. I quickly sent it to my colleagues, and to my delight surprise, my boss thanked me, reminded me that I’m on leave and that I should stop working and enjoy my vacation. In that moment, it felt like I finally got to catch my breath and reminded myself as well that while it’s important to not neglect my responsibilities, I also shouldn’t be too hard on myself even if I always want to put my best foot forward at work.

Before my friend and I headed out to the pre-wedding festivities, we promised ourselves that from then on, we’d focus on being present in the moment. Sure, it’s great that we’re making sure that we have a job to get back to, but it’s also important to make sure that there’s life outside of the office. I also quickly realized that I wasn’t about to waste my money on the ticket that I paid for with my first paycheck, only to find myself being mentally absent in a completely different city.

After college, there’s no such thing as summer vacations and sem breaks anymore. Ever since I started working, my job basically took over my life since there’s now a need for me to sustain myself by making sure that bills are paid and that there’s food on the table. Thank God that I love my job, but my very first leave from the office taught me that there still should be a life outside of your work, and that it’s important to take breaks every once in a while to find your balance again.

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