March 22, 2005

I have returned, with a theory, no less

I am back from England where I had a wonderful time (more on that later) and trying to prepare for a meeting in a far off city tomorrow. I am working very hard to pretend that jet lag is a theoretical malady that afflicts others, not me. And I have a theory. For the first time, I actually have concocted a theory about jet lag and the is it worse here (US) or there (Europe) debate. My theory is that jet lag is simply worse wherever you are returning to. When you go to a place, you suffer less from jet lag because of the excitement about the travel, especially if the travel is holiday (vacation) related. You arrive and are up early and are out the door, buzzed to get going and do stuff. You ignore the jet lag, pretend it isn't there.

But then you get home. And you don't pretend the jet lag isn't there. You can't. In fact, your mind keeps returning to vacation and you think to yourself that, gee, its noon here but its five o'clock back in London. And since your mind keeps going back that way, and you keep imagining yourself back in London (or wherever), you magnify and intensify the jet lag.

That's my theory, in a nutshell.

I tried to put it into practice. I set my watch as soon as I got on the plane to come home. I dragged myself out of bed at the usual time and went to the gym and did the usual hard workout. I came to work. I have thought nothing about what time it might be in London.

And you know what? I'm pretty wrecked actually. But it has nothing to do with jet lag. Nope, according to my theory, I'm totally over that.

Posted by Random Penseur at March 22, 2005 02:28 PM

Welcome back RP! Hope the trip was good, looking forward to hearing about it!

Posted by: Oorgo at March 22, 2005 03:59 PM

welcome home! =)

Posted by: indy at March 22, 2005 06:57 PM

Here's a corollary to your theory. After a vacation you are totally wiped out. Worn down. Reserves depleted. Partied out, in other words.

Want to whip jetlag? Take an extra day off at the end of the vacation and head to the spa.

Welcome back!

Posted by: Jim at March 22, 2005 10:10 PM

Welcome back world traveller. Wishing you less wreckage!

Posted by: Wicked H at March 23, 2005 07:46 PM

Glad you back. How are the munchkins? :-)

Posted by: Amber at March 24, 2005 11:11 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?