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An Itch You Can’t Scratch

January 25, 2010

You know that spot on your back, mid-height and dead center?  A spot that seems purposely biologically situated so you just can’t scratch it if you get an itch there?  It’s like the Bermuda Triangle of tickles.  Or have you ever been in a cast only to have a straightened wire hanger become your best friend?  Well, as a wanna-be jet setter you may find yourself in a similar, less tangible predicament.  While you sit behind your desk or stuck in traffic while doing your 9 to 5, the sight of a plane soaring overhead may trigger the itch to pack your bags and take the next flight out.  Unfortunately, most of us lead lives bounded by everyday responsibilities and limited vacation time, so what do we do when we just can’t scratch that itch to travel?

Suggestion #1: Surround Yourself with Pictures

Whether it’s photos from previous trips or places you want to go, put at least a single photo within line of sight that you can stare at and get lost in.  For some it may be a Fantasy Island-like beach, for others it could be the bright lights of their favorite city, whatever your view of choice just give yourself something nicer to look at rather than a damn computer screen.

Suggestion #2: Display Keepsakes

This is taking it one step further.  By placing a keepsake of a memorable trip on your desk it can help ease the waves of stress and frustration that plague you at work.  Whether a shell from a beach  or a touristy souvenier, anything to remind yourself of being elsewhere is better than looking at a desk cluttered with papers and busy work.

Suggestion #3: Have a Trip Queued Up

The best possible way to make your day better when you wish you were on vacation is to have a trip in the works.  Sure, it sucks to count down the days to something fun – in fact, it can be torturous – but the antipation is better than waiting for nothing.  If you have no current vacation plans, start making some.  If you’re in the midst of the long road to your departure day then set small deadlines related to your trip that allows you to take your mind off the daily grind every so often; make itineraries, research your destination, whatever it is that will build your excitement and make it seem like you’re already gone.

Let’s be honest, no matter how hard you rub or whatever way you bend that clothes hanger, an itch just isn’t satisfied unless you give it good, hard, direct scratch.  No matter how many pictures you look at or what keepsakes you keep near, your memories or fantasies will only be a temporary fix to a problem that won’t go away until you’re stepping aboard that plane.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Vicky permalink
    January 25, 2010 2:00 PM

    THANK YOU FOR THIS!! When I woke up this morning at 5:30am, trying so hard not to cry at the pure frustration of the miserable Monday blues ahead of me, I was hoping that someone would understand. And someone does!!

    I like your picture idea…you see, when I want to forget about my lovely place of work, I sign on to Facebook and go through one of my vacation albums trying to get lost in those moments…I’m so pathetic, I know 🙂

    • darrenbrazil permalink*
      January 25, 2010 5:35 PM

      yeah, browsing facebook photos does help… but a photo on your desk allows you to still be productive and not be viewed as “that person” who facebook stalks at work.

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