My vacations usually consist of a 2-3 days off, generally to get work done at my house or do doctor’s and vet visits. This past week we took a full 5 days plus the weekends. Nine full days off! Some days were filled with errands and house stuff, but a few sweet days were for adventure!
We did a little road trip to a park we’d never been to. The solitude was refreshing. The plants and trees were magnificent. There was an area of bamboo that felt like a natural cathedral, not for worshipping a deity, but for replenishment of the soul. The botanical gardens captivated me and gave me hundreds of priceless memories.
On this vacation I also recaptured the joy of just being out in nature with my pup. We spent a few hours at a local park one morning. Beautiful, precious hours! We do daily walks at smaller parks, but this was so much more and her joy was evident in every moment. She was with her people, in nature and her life was perfection.
It’s so easy to get this idea that vacation is about going away and doing nothing, but sometimes vacation just means taking a break from work. Taking time to be with those you love and to find adventure together. That adventure might be walking in woods, but it might also be gardening and then snuggling up to watch a movie and rest.
While I look forward to visiting a different state or country and enjoying new terrain, I’m contented to have been home with my fur babies and able to spend time just being with my love.
We all need time to replenish. It’s hard to do, we’re so used to going, going, going that slowing down can be challenging. It’s so worth it though. I needed a reset and am so thankful for it. Especially the time in nature. There is nothing more relaxing for my soul that time outside.
Vacation, staycation… either way, take time to repair and restore for yourself and those you love.