Writer: Leah Oketcho
What is a great vacation? If you ask me, the best ones are the ones with surprises.
The kind that shakes you up, makes you uncomfortable, you begin to regret going there and think of home. Ah! Home, your solitude, your empire.
Discomfort, surprise, regret for me are true virtues for a perfect vacation. The relationships built from the struggle to find solutions, the character it builds all make it so worth it. And have you noticed that usually because things are not going as planned often there is no easy exit plan. Which means we end up braving the challenge to the end of the period. By the end suddenly time feels short because you have adapted and as much as you love home and want nothing but your warm bed, deep within, you know this place, these people are home too… the special kind you can’t buy with money.
Live a little and try to enjoy the complications that test your ability to be sane, those are worth your every breath and possibly therapy charges. But seriously though, without challenges, life is boring and pretty much a drag.
The truth is you can never be too careful and by all means take precautions not to die but have fun with it. Vacation is relaxation and venting and release of tension almost like a good massage. It may be uncomfortable and even painful but afterwards, you feel relaxed and fresh.
Allow yourself to have new experiences and enjoy new relationships because these are priceless. You have to feel something. The vacation should arouse you and make you feel whatever it is… laugh out loud, make some noise and just go with it. I don’t know, maybe even fall in love. If it does hurt afterwards you probably did it wrong, just kidding but seriously though you deserve it.
Ps: Stop making up excuses for not vacating or going on vacation or travel or whatever you do to relax. Talking about, “I am saving for it or really I can’t. I have too many problems…” There will always be something that needs your attention. Every now and then you must refuel not for anything else but for you, for your sanity and the best part, you don’t even have to leave the country for this or even wait for leave days. God blessed you with weekends and holidays: use them wisely.
Go to the park, throw some stones (ps: be sure to have running shoes if you know what I mean)
You are no machine but even machines run down if not refueled and serviced every once in a while.
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