I just got back from a trip I took for a few weeks to London and Paris. Before you hate me, let me tell you that the trip was filled with challenges. From our hotel “losing” our reservations to getting sick, it was not the relaxing vacation I was expecting.
That being said, it was also one of the best trips I ever had.
It reminded me that the idea of a retreat or vacation from reality is a temporary fix. Your problems do follow you wherever you go and can be a microcosm of your real life. Although taking a break is a necessity for our mental health, it should not be perceived as an escape or a cure for what’s really ailing us.
In the end, it gave me the insight to see that I didn’t need to wait for big vacations and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to change my life. I needed to tune into what I was doing on a day-to-day basis and learn how to relax, be kind to myself and compassionate for my experiences instead of wait for a vacation or situation to heal me.
It was a lesson learned the hard way, but one I can appreciate in retrospect.
How about you? Any lessons you learned on your summer vacation?