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That “Vacation Feeling”

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How can YOU grab hold of that “vacation feeling”?

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

— Nelson Mandela

I just got back from a delightful and low-key vacation – a road trip up the California coast.  Beautiful!

And now my brain is having a hard time getting a grip on “real life”… After a relaxing eight days of being detached from all the comings and goings and doings that enrich and envelope my usual days, I’m rev’n in neutral – quietly enthusiastic about doing nothing, going nowhere!  Thankfully, either I didn’t leave myself a bunch of to-do lists or I hid them from myself – either which way, it’s a good thing.

I imagine I’ll get back in the swing of things soon, probably mañana.  I guess that’s when I’ll get down to business and figure out what I should be doing.  (Right after I unpack and reassert my dominance over my space!)

But for now, it’s a nice feeling – no worries, just a casual doing of whatever seems to be the right thing for this moment.  Before I get back into the swing of things I’m going to relish and maybe even dissect this glorious feeling of being free to just do whatever… no pressure, no guilt, no sense of omission.

Back to Reality

Why is it that “real life” has such a helter skelter, hectic feeling?  A feeling of always being behind, of never being able to catch up, much less get ahead?

The real reality (NOT an oxymoron, just a redundancy of ideas?) is that what needs doing hasn’t changed.  Bills await my paying. Dirty clothes overflow my travel bags; all the old stacks and piles that need sorting or discarding or acting upon sit silent, waiting on me…

And even as I enumerate the tasks I left behind I STILL feel detached from the demands that only a week ago were pulling me in twenty directions.  Sweet, sweet peaceful tranquility.  I’d like to bottle it. Package it and distribute it.

Traveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.

— Jan Myrdal

What doors are closing?  What is forever always there?  Soon I’ll shut my eyes and contemplate these unknowables.  In the meantime, I think I’ll just extend this vacation enchantment a while longer.

He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.

— Chinese Proverb

Peace to you too!  If you can’t take a vacation now or soon, bless yourself with a 15 minute mini-retreat from reality.  Take a walk, sing a song, take a bubble bath, breathe!

I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.

— Anna Louise Strong

How can YOU grab hold of that “vacation feeling”?

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