I had a marvelous week off, vacationing in St. Louis, Atlanta and finishing my trip in Gulf Breeze FL. I came down with a bit of some bug my last two days, but it didn’t dampen my drive to experience the sun and sand.
I don’t know about you, but when I go too long without some time off, depression and weariness begins to set in. This year especially, since I have been still recovering from radiation treatments, which had just ended this spring.
How gloriously wonderful it was to take a road trip with my one of my sisters and two of my nieces, to go visit additional family down in Florida.
I expected the weather to be hotter than what I’m accustomed to, but it turned out to be even better than back home. It was weather that begged you to be outside.
The ocean breezes were calming and lovely, the skies a mix of blue and gray. Blue-green waves lapped upon sugar-white sands.
In Florida, I got to spend meaningful time with two of my nephews, one going off to college to pursue a medical career, and one heading to Navy basic training in the fall. I’m glad I could share brief meaningful moments with them. How good it is to see them grow up, full of hope and a new future.
As we walked along the beach, it felt good to roam the shore without a destination nor time constraint. The sand stuck to our toes and the waves chased our feet as we hunted for treasure.
Sometimes it’s hard to do, but we all need to take a step back from our work and open our eyes to what’s all around us. What is it that you have always wanted to do, but have put off? When is the last time you stopped and took time off for YOU? Quit putting things off! To be truly happy, we need to regenerate. Sometimes we need to recognize it’s time to relax, live a little and just breathe this life in.