Today is my birthday, and I’m doing something absolutely amazing!
Dancing naked on a beach under the stars?
Crashing an ultra-exclusive party in LA to schmooze with the rich and famous?
Nope. I’m taking the day off.
Taking a personal day might not seem all that amazing to most folks, but everyone should take a personal day—especially on their birthdays.
In elementary school, I convinced my parents to let me stay home on my birthday. The only time I went to school was when my birthday happened to fall on the day of the annual field trip to the planetarium (love that place!).
In college, I always skipped class on my birthday. This wasn’t much different than regular days. I went to college in the Midwest, and there was usually 2-3 feet of snow on the ground, so that was a good excuse too. (I’m a terrible, terrible role model. Stay in school, kids!)
When I used to work in a corporate office, I would often walk by someone’s cubicle and see dozens of donuts, cakes, brownies, and other goodies piled on the desk.
“What’s going on?” I’d ask.
“Oh,” my coworker would sigh, not looking up from the report she was furiously typing. “It’s my birthday.”
“Well, what’re you doin’ here?!?” I’d usually get a dirty look when I’d ask that obvious question.
Really, when you’re looking at your time-off allowance at the beginning of the year, shouldn’t your birthday be the very first day you request off from work?
My birthday is as special to me as any other holiday, and answering phone calls and responding to e-mails all day is no way to celebrate.
Sure, that report’s not going to file itself, and those clients need answers. I agree that your job is important, and you need to be a hard working employee. I understand.
I could list a bajillion reasons why you should take a personal day for your birthday or whenever you need a break. But I only need one reason…
Because you deserve it.
You are a kind, wonderful person who deserves a personal day off from work, responsibilities, and the stress of life. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know you. I still care about you.
Go on, open your calendar and choose your next personal day RIGHT NOW. Then tell your boss so there’ll be no backing out later.
Enjoy your personal day. The world will still be here when you get back.
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