The Man Without Qualities, Chapter 34
Perhaps it's because my back is bothering me again that this passage seems unusually evocative: that bit about taking walking for granted and not easily standing upright certainly resonates more than it might otherwise. But I also think it's because I've been away, and the passage seems to point at the problem with "vacations": they are opportunities for "dangerous" thinking. One gets to withdraw from one's normal environment, from one's day-to-day activities, and so can contemplate how -- in Musil's terms -- they are "neither nature nor inner necessity," but are, in fact, habit, or "the job," or what-have-you (home?). The pause of "time off" frees one from the routine version of "letting-oneself-drop-into-the-future," and one might conceivably contemplate a different future to drop into, one which, if also neither nature or inner necessity, is at least "some kind of change."
I wish I was
On some Australian mountain range
I got no reason to be there
But I imagine it would be some kind of change
--Bob Dylan, "Outlaw Blues" (1965)