Play Hooky Like A Pro


“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.”
-Ferris Bueller

Sometimes you just need to take a day. A guilty pleasure, do nothing constructive, play around, lazy kind of a day. I needed one this week, so I took one. I tossed aside my planner, my to do lists and all of my outlines, and took a day for me. Now, feeling refreshed, revived, and returned to the planet of the living, I am going to share the secret of a successful sick day, or really how to play hooky 101.

First, you must channel your inner Ferris. Don’t plan. No schedules or checking your day planner. When you wake up feeling overwhelmed and exasperated, and you feel the urge to do something (or nothing), I highly suggest you go for it! No rules, no playbook. Throw caution (well, within reason since we are adults now) to the wind and do what makes you happy. There is no right way or wrong way to play hooky. For me, it’s about a little solitude, some shoes, the beach or a park and limited social interaction with the real world.
Can you beat Ferris?

Second, just disconnect. That’s right (shock! horror!) no social media, phone or text unless it’s an absolute 911. This means only kids in distress (the school calls – check your mail for a bill for a new science lab, your kid blew this one up; the hospital – your spouse checked in and won’t be checking out any time soon, etc) Avoid status updates and tweets. It was a simpler time when we could hide from the world – nobody needs to know where you are 24/7 or if you’ve just used the restroom on the highway to hell. Think about Ferris. He wasn’t going to go out of his way – ever – to let anybody in on his day off. He was a true pro at the “sick” day.

Please take note. If you haven’t got a clue who Ferris is, on your next day off (sick or otherwise), you need to make this movie a priority. Ferris is the Grand-master of fun and the inventor of the “sick day.” He truly makes it an art form, and he can show you the ropes. So don’t worry about your Facebook status, it can wait. Besides, by not sharing every moment you get to keep some pretty awesome memories to yourself.

Next, don’t do anything that feels like work. Daydream, take a nap, walk on the beach, eat some froyo, watch old movies – anything that makes you feel good about yourself. No chores or anything that feels like work. The laundry will still be there tomorrow, I promise. Really take a day off.

Playing hooky reconnects us to our childhood – to simpler times. Think back to those days you felt you needed a break. Remember holding the thermometer over the baseboard heater? Your mom knew you weren’t sick, with 108 degree temperature you would have been at death’s door. But she knew you need a break. You needed a day to recharge your high-energy batteries.

As an adult, the sick day reminds us that even though our jobs are important, they don’t define us. Just as school was a means to an end, so is a job. We tend to lose sight of what makes us unique and what we really enjoy in life. So take a day – be naughty – it makes it all that much more enjoyable.

Playing hooky is good for the soul. Every once in a while it’s good to retreat, regroup and refresh. A day to unwind, de-stress and be happy without any obligations or expectations. How do you recharge? Any exciting adventures from your last “sick day?” Share in the comment section. I promise gold star stickies and smiles.