I often hear people complaining about how life got in the way of them doing this or that fun thing. "Oh, I just had a baby, so I can't go on your week long trip." Or "work is too busy for me to take a couple days off next week." Or "another fishing trip? We just went on one!"
Well, I'm here to tell you that you should take life by the horns, tell it who's boss, and go do what you want. Baby in the other room? Forget about it. Your boss says no to your vacation request? Screw him. If you want to do it, do it.
Take me for example. I was recently planning another fishing outing in Colorado. Yes, another fishing out. Surprise surprise. Last year I went out to the Frying Pan river in August and had an excellent time, so I figured we should do it again this year. Thus the planning. But then something came up at work. No! Famous last words. We had a very important client who was planning on coming for a visit on the exact days I was going to be gone. Damn!
So I told this client, change your schedule. Sure there are three of you and you have booked flights and planned for this internally, but hey, I need to fish. End of story.
In the immortal words of Eric Cartman, I do what I want!
BTW, the real ending to that story is the clients had some internal problems and had to change their schedule. But I like to think that it was my sheer will that caused my schedule to free back up so that I didn't have to cancel this outing. Here I come!