Saturday, August 28, 2010

Vacation = Revitalization

Wow. Just wow. I love vacation. There's something about removing yourself from the daily grind that is particularly invigorating.

Between myself, my mom and dad, my three sibs + their so's and kids—there are 17 of us in my village.

Now, you would think that a vacation with 16 family members would not be particularly relaxing but… I'm fortunate. I'm lucky to have an amazing family that gets along.

We went to our old stomping grounds in Wisconsin, for my aunt and uncles 50th wedding anniversary. Besides having the opportunity to celebrate such an amazing couple, us adults got to reconnect with our cousins (+ their so's and all of their children) and share our childhood experiences with our own kids. We had so much fun in the process—fishing, visiting a dairy farm and cheese factory, catching frogs, swimming in the lake, riding in the speed and pontoon boats, and exploring.

It's beautiful there. It's green and lush and the clouds, wow, those cumulous clouds are so amazing. Then, there's the lifestyle, which, as a relatively internet addicted person, I thought I would have a hard time with. But no. I purposefully limited my connection—even when I had the opportunity to connect—to revel in it, and appreciate it.

It felt good to simplify and just enjoy the moment, which, in and of itself, is a lesson for us all. I came home to a renewed sense of purpose and a refreshed spirit. More appreciative of my life and my relationships, with the motivation to act upon creating a richer existence, for my son and myself.

Can you remember how your vacations have affected you? What have you gained from them? What revelations, if any, have stuck?