Holidays?, sorry… temporarily out of order. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)
In the visible spectrum, white reflects light and is a presence of all colours, but black absorbs light and is an absence of colour. Similarly, cold is the absence of heat. And Holidays? I suppose this time called holidays could be recognised as the absence of work. Well… under the actual circumstances, where many face the difficulties of finding a job, there is a whole load of work that can not stop.
Behind many job seekers there are many hours invested in searching for open positions, updating CVs, researching companies profiles, writing personalized cover letters, increasing your skills portfolio, generating some intellectual input to be recognised, activating your network, … The absence of all of this work does not give you holidays. Whatever you do, you can not stop being active in order to be ready if the opportunity comes. And all of that with the limited support that your savings can give you.
Under such pressure, holidays acquire a new meaning. Holidays represents that you have a job. If you do not have a job you do not have holidays. Holidays represents this “time” in which some people can leave what ever they were doing knowing that this period of time is recognised as deserved, supported economically by the revenues originated from their work and with the confidence of allowing themselves to forget about their daily job demands knowing that they will comeback, as well as the payrolls.
As always, there is a little bit of everything everywhere. People without a job doing little about it, and people with jobs with such a load of work and pressure that it makes it difficult to enjoy any holidays at all.
Here I want to recognise the work behind those who miss enjoying a proper time of holidays, and recognise also the unpaid work behind many who do things with little recognition, yet 🙂