Taking time to recharge 

To say this year has been an annus horribilis could be an understatement. 

After breaking my leg and ankle earlier in the year, my Nan, one of my only constant parts of my life since childhood, became poorly and then, after a short period of palliative care, passed away.

Alongside this, we have had one family trauma after another. We have struggled against the ‘support system’ for children with a disability. We have had more hospital admissions for relatives than you should have in a lifetime.

On top of all that, life has its constant struggles and strains.

And this doesn’t include any element of the pressure and stress of the office which has been a little overwhelming at points.

So, feeling a little burnt out, I booked a few days off. 

This morning I am returning to the office after almost a week off feeling much more refreshed. My mind is clearer and feeling more able to deal with work on top of all that home stuff.

During the six days away from the office I got to spend a lot of time with my wife, kids and our dog. We had time together. We went on adventures. We had fun. We also built this sculpture in a field near our home:

Reach by Michael Watts, 2017

So if you’re feeling like I was, go ahead, book a few days off and recharge. You will thank yourself for it. 

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