For probably the 4th year in a row, we were able to plan a weeklong escape to Florida right when winter seemed to have us in its clutches. I know I’ll be going back to it but I feel ready to face the inevitable end of winter. I cam practically hear the robins singing and see the trees beginning to bud. Once the snow melts, that is.
Here’s my 5 minute brain dump…
I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to travel. Sometimes it’s for work and sometimes it’s simply for pleasure. And this past week it was simply for vacation. It was new adventures (Universal) combined with familiarity (Disney) and I took a break from almost everything.
I ate too much, I drank too much, and I barely posted any photos. Not because I wasn’t enjoying myself. It was that I really wanted to focus on the moment. The phone came out off and on and I posted a few pictures of me in a really happy moment, like when I discovered Butter Beer and proceeding to drink 3 1/2 over the course of 3 days.
When I posted the picture, I had LOTS of comments about the Butter Beer (a lot of people love it but there is a debate over whether cold, frozen, or warm is the best). But the one comment that stuck with me was from my friend Andrea who simply said, “You look so relaxed!” I flippantly replied, “It’s because I’m on vacation!”
But I looked at the picture again and said to myself, I do look relaxed. And that’s why I love trips and vacations that are a totally immersive experience. Yesterday, as the cold crept into Florida and the wind started kicking up, it was as if nature was reminding me that all good things must come to an end. And with it came heart palpitations. I didn’t feel nervous or anxious but as our flight time grew closer and closer, the palpitations increased.
My goal is to find a way to immerse myself in the joys of everyday life. Once I figure out how to do that, I think I’ll write a book on it.
I believe that coming back from vacation is one of the worst feelings! I’m glad you had a good time (and thank you for writing about what all of us feel!
Do you see how long it’s taken me to respond? It was rough getting back into the swing of things but I’m almost there!
I always feel down when I come home from vacation BUT once you start planning your next trip I get so excited again! Glad you had a great time and got to relax a little!
It took me a whole week to finally snap out of the funk. The awful weather didn’t help though!
I haven’t been on a real vacation in ages but do get the occasional girl’s week or weekend at my friend’s cabin. And YES in the pictures we always look so relaxed. Cut to about 5 minutes after being home and gahhh all the wrinkles are back 🙂 I am loving these Sunday SOC posts! Thanks for letting me join in.
Thanks for the perspective. I’m lucky to go on real vacations at least once a year – something my family never did when I was growing up. Although a girl’s weekend sounds lovely 🙂