If I had a dime for every time I heard the expression, “Work hard, play hard,” well, I’d have a lot of dimes.
Whatever happened to making work and play fit seamlessly into our lives, instead of turning them into life-or-death pursuits in which one endeavor rescues us from the perils of the other? Sure, there’s a certain hardcore, risk-taking image we have of ourselves as Coloradans, perpetuated by the rest of country.
But what if we looked at both work and play as necessary and integral parts of every day? What if we made a point of leaving work at a reasonable time? What if we used those extra daylight hours of summer to get outside every afternoon, whether that means biking 20 miles, or playing Cornhole in the backyard?
Would it prevent burnout at work, or injuries sustained from being “weekend warriors”? Would it make us happier, more balanced people? The truth is, I don’t know. As someone who spent much of her career shooting videos on military “fast boats” and chasing down unhappy interview subjects for stories, this is all a new concept for me. I’ve been the guiltiest of the guilty when it comes to overindulging on all fronts, both work and play.
But all indicators seem to point to stepping back a little bit and smelling the roses, at least for me. So I’ll cut this letter short and take the dog for a walk.
Wishing you a July that’s filled with play, this month and all year round!