We talk the talk. We recommend it to others. And, still, we have too many hours of unused vacation on the books. Hmm…..After 12 days away I say, take a vacation!
I didn’t realize how much I needed it. I was terribly jet lagged when we arrived in Berlin and it took 3 days to get onto the time zone. So what? I was on vacation. I didn’t have meetings the next day or the next day. I didn’t have to be at the East side wall gallery at any particular time. If I missed a museum, who did I let down? OMG, no one! This got to be fun pretty quickly. Despite the rain. Despite the long lines at Mustafa’s kebap stand where we were the only ones over 30 waiting for impossibly good Turkish Kebap. We had a wonderful time.
We were very fortunate to be able to go to the Danube for a 7 day river cruise. And, to spend 2 days in Budapest afterwards, including the thermal baths. By the time we came home, I was really relaxed and discovered that I was a lot happier. Before I left, I had committed to lightening my schedule and had resigned from ProVIsors and a non-profit I love but I don’t have time for anymore.
Now, I realize I need to cut out more. Without the perspective of being away, I could not see that I was saying yes to too many things.
You can have the same experience with a camping trip an hour from home. I’m not sure a staycation gets you away enough from all the “shoulds”. It just shifts to fix up and clean up “shoulds” around the house.
The question is, will you do it? Summer is almost here. Don’t tell me you don’t have the time on the books. You don’t have the time. You can’t get away. You can’t afford not to.
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