Monday, October 23, 2006

To Work or Not to Work - That is the Question

I don't feel like going to work today. This last weekend was quite hectic for me as I had to "celebrate" my birthday, take the Civil Service exam, attend two baptisms and have my car fixed at the talyer. Since I did not have a restful weekend, I really had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. Also, I notice that the weather is now getting cooler and the days are getting longer. One thing about growing older is that you need to rest and recharge at least on Sunday to be in tip-top form the next work week unlike before wherein I would work 7 days a week and ask for more. During my younger, more "active" days, I typically spent my Mondays-Fridays in our office in Manila (at first Senate, then Congress, then DTI-OSEC) and on Saturdays-Sunday s accompany my principal to some far-flung province to attend a fiesta, inauguration, graduation, wedding, political caucus and such. I used to find such a schedule "fun." I especially liked that feeling of constant motion and I loved the special importance people accorded us. But the novelty of the "VIP treatment" has lost its luster for me and I don't have a taste for it anymore. Also, I realize that I don't have the stamina for that kind of punishing schedule anymore.

Anyway, I feel like absenting today because tomorrow is a non-working holiday on account of Eid Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Actually, I am a little bit confused because in my diary planner (the one Starbucks gives out for "free" if you are able to drink a certain number of their coffee. I got mine really for free, courtesy of a friend who is a habitue of Starbucks) it states that Eid Al-Fitr should be celebrated today and that tomorrow, October 24, is United Nations Day. But since MalacaƱang announced the Eid Al-Fitr holiday today, there are only two plausible reasons I can think of: 1.) MalacaƱang uses a different calendar or 2.) the Starbucks planner is wrong. Also, whatever happened to GMA's "holiday economics" wherein official holidays falling on a Friday and Tuesday will be adjusted to make a long weekend? Is that policy still in effect?

To work or not to work: that is the question. In the end, I decided to be a "professional" and go to work even if I don't feel like it.

1 comment:

angie said...

to your good health, old friend. may you have a thousand year more and i to count them