For the past 16 or so years, I have always looked forward to summer. I had a countdown on my phone and started making plans as soon as spring hit. Not only did it mean my birthday was around the corner, but it also meant that I got to take a break. Sure I’ve had my fair share of summer jobs and internships, but there was just something comforting about the change of pace that made it my favorite time of year.
This year, however, everything is different. Suddenly, the idea of taking a break is more stressful to me than relaxing.
I always assumed that I would jump right into work after graduation. It was kind of a no-brainer for me and it just seemed like the most natural progression. Therefore, when I was presented the opportunity to take some time off and travel this summer, I was pretty skeptical. Will I be able to get a job when I return? Are employers going to think that I’m not as serious about my career?
I was completely torn, so I turned to some of my co-workers for advice. I asked around and an overwhelming majority said that they regret not taking time off to travel while they could.
I think that our generation is so eager to jumpstart our careers that we often forget the importance of taking a moment to celebrate all that we have accomplished and appreciate being young.
So whether you are taking time off before jumping into the next chapter of your life or are heading straight into the workforce, remember that it’s okay to step back and take some time for yourself.