Vacation was absolutely amazing. While I was there, I realized that some time off was exactly what I needed. I can’t tell you the last time I went on vacation where I didn’t have a set plan of things I wanted to do or a schedule I needed to keep. A lot of times, my vacations are go go go. This trip was to visit a friend, and while there were things planned, every day wasn’t completely planned. He unexpectedly had to work more days than he thought he would have to, so that meant I had quite a bit of time to myself. I spent time laying out in the sun (but not too much time, and covered in SPF 50 – those of you who have met me will understand). I slept in and watched the news in the morning, but ignored the internet and my responsibilities. I didn’t bring my Blackberry, and left strict instructions at my office to not call me unless it was a complete emergency (or if something ridiculous happened, like someone quitting or getting fired). I didn’t worry about my PF blog (I love it, but it’s a bit like a job). I read books and we went to the movies and went out to dinner and just had a really relaxing time. It was perfect.
I’ve tried to have the same theory when it comes to long weekends, but my relaxation always falls to the wayside in favor of the numerous tasks on my to-do list. There’s always something to do around the house, in terms of cleaning or organizing or any number of projects. Obviously, that wasn’t an option here, and I did my best to keep all thoughts of all of those things out of my mind (and hoped that my roommate would do her best to keep things clean in the apartment – though seeing as though she’s getting close to grad school finals, I was not hopeful).
This vacation was incredibly refreshing, and I think I need to make it a yearly thing – even if I don’t go anywhere quite as beautiful, I think I need to find the time to get away from everything and just relax. I think it’s necessary for my sanity.