Packed and ready to return home following a week in Hilton Head, SC with my friends Barb and Glenn. Feeling refreshed and revitalized. Like most vacations, it began ages ago and was over in the blink of an eye. In a seven day span, I swam in the pool, walked on the beach, splashed in the ocean, made new friends, took pictures, read two books, did my radio show, wrote articles, slept late, spent nightly Jacuzzi bubble bath-time, had stranger than usual dreams, and basked in Vitamin D, with copious amounts of sunscreen. I ate relatively healthfully, considering the temptations that were all around. Did a lot of sighing as I gazed at the cloud formations scattered across the cerulean sky.
One of the most treasured aspects of the trip was that I had some pretty deep conversations with both of my friends. Although Barb and I have known each other since we met on the bench at a swim meet on competing teams at 14, we have never spent this kind of concentrated time together. We reminisced about our youth and mused about our futures. Glenn and I bonded over music and spiritual concepts, although he wouldn’t call them that. He does like the idea of serendipity and synchronicity.
While away, I learned a great deal about myself. For example, I have come to understand that I can both work and play; feeling accomplished and rested. I need not work to know that I am purposeful. The happies I experienced this week, in the midst of just being, allows me to be of greater service, since often I feel gived out. At the moment, I feel replenished.
Some people feel as if they need a vacation from their daily lives. I endeavor to live a life from which I don’t need a vacation, since I spend time in nature, go to the gym, and get a monthly massage and pedicure. Travel has become a recent part of my life, visiting family and friends and intend to do more in the near future.