I don't understand people who never take vacations. I was meant for vacation!
I think it's one of the main reason I've stayed a freelancer - I don't want to have to beg for more than two weeks of vacation a year. And luckily, I don't!
And here's why I love vacations:
It is on vacation (see my latest one below!) that we begin to unwind. The ties that bind us loosen their grip: our habits are forgotten, as are our roles we play as friend, sister, girlfriend, co-worker. The stress of work and responsibility, disagreements and misunderstandings - all are paused while we walk in cities with people who don't know us, barely understand our language and just want to take our cash - ahhh heaven!
But as silly as vacations are, they are such an important part of refreshing ourselves.
Think about it. How often are you only worried about where you're going to eat, where you're going to sleep and what cool thing you're going to do. That time is precious. Not the self-absorbed part, but just the forgetting of all things "YOUR LIFE" for a while.
In those moments, things that seemed so convoluted suddenly clear right up - even sad things like why a relationship doesn't seem to be gelling like you had very foolishly hoped.
So here's to vacations and clarity...even though sometimes what you get clear on totally sucks. And enjoy my pics - I had a really fun time in Indonesia; I really did!
Farmer in the rice paddy who wanted to sell me a woven corn-husk-like hat.
My friends said I should've gotten it but I'm not sure how I would've pulled that look off.
The famous rice paddies of Ubud on the island of Bali.
This is where Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat Pray Love fame stayed.