I recently had the fortunate experience to take a vacation in Florence, WI on Sea Lion lake where I grew up going every summer. My grandparents camped out there for the summer and families came and went. There were always at least 3 families present as we spent our days with swimming, tubing, and skiing. It is a serene and magical place filled with stars you didn’t know existed and laughter that echoes over the lake in the stillness of the morning.
7 reasons why you should take a vacation
- Changes your routine
- Gives you an opportunity to experience something knew
- Allows for quality time alone and with loved ones
- Creates a space for introspection and reflection
- Encourages creativity
- Promotes rest and relaxation
- Leads you back to your true self
Stop making excuses
So why not? I know there are many responses to this question, because I have been there.
- I’m too busy at work
- I don’t have the money
- It’s just not the right time
And this goes on and on.
We all live busy demanding lives and if we do not take time for ourselves then we lose ourselves. I have watched myself get caught up in the daily grind with gossiping to thinking I need to be skinnier and prettier, but those are not the things I care about in the least bit. Vacation allows us to start the conversation with ourselves again and then continue to create time during our weekly routines for introspection.
Take care of you
This year it was a completely different experience at our cottage in Sea Lion lake. It was just me, my parents, and grandparents. Now that I live in Los Angeles and all of my family is in the Chicaogland area I soak up family time as much as possible, but I also allow for “me time” and this if often in the form of long walks or yoga. On the 8 limbed yoga path number 5 is Pratyahara which is often translated into “turning inward.” We are so busy attending to our senses and reacting that we put our self development and ability to contemplate on the back burner. This has to stop or else unhappiness will ensue. So allow for a vacation to set the stage to provide yourself with consistent mini vacations to turn inward. Take a step back and observe yourself. Then change can occur.
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote.
The process of finding happiness within one’s own Self may be difficult and slow but it cannot be found anywhere else.”
— Swami Parthasarathy
There’s no better time than now,