My road trip to New Orleans this year was my best vacation ever.
Some of the reasons are spread out over the past several posts, but the main reason is that I feel great. I feel relaxed and recharged, I have a better sense of who I am, I’ve adopted more of a ‘live in the moment’ attitude than is my norm, I made a new friend, rekindled old friendships, bonded with my sister and several cousins and only screamed obscenities to three drivers during the entire last traffic-jammed hour into DC.
The challenge is to maintain this peaceful, easy feeling as I dive back into the fray.
I have often returned from a wonderful vacation only to have the positivity erased during the first few hours back at work. This time I am determined to remain in this state of euphoria for a long time. When I caught myself slipping a couple of times as I got closer to home, I mentally shouted “Stop!” That actually worked, in part because I then laughed at myself for using such a silly technique.
I drove straight from Asheville to the office today, worked for a few hours, and still feel great!
And speaking of living in the moment – I’m going to stop writing and go play with one of my dogs.