I’m under the weather today. Trying to get comfy in bed with a fever on a hot summer day. Trying to peel myself away from my computer and my workaholic tendencies. Trying to take catnaps while reading Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri’s most recent collection of short stories. Wondering on days like today why I don’t have a TV. I’d love some Law and Order right about now.
I can hear kids playing in a fountain in the park next to my apartment building. As a kid, I grew up next to a private elementary school. When I was home sick, I remember hearing the school kids playing during recess. I always thought “Ha, I have the day off of school and youuuu doooon’t!” Maybe I will try to adopt that attitude today. I’ll think of all my friends slaving away at work while I get to chill in bed reading fiction instead.
If I spent the afternoon working, I’d complete an interview and put some hours into promoting my upcoming book reading. So instead, I’m going to crank out a little blog post about it and call it a day.
Am I the only one? Do you guys ever have a hard time prying yourself away from work when you don’t feel well? Are you addicted to feeling productive? I’m damn lucky that I am self-employed and can manage my own schedule. Have you had to work during your illness because you didn’t have sick days or disability leave?