I have this involuntary movement of browsing calendars searching for dates printed in red. When they fall on a weekend, I feel cheated. For purposes of this post, suffice it to say that I love vacations. Who doesn't, anyway?
|Afternoon Coffee at Cafe Duchi|
During those years when I had been living life in the fast lane, never did I forget to savor each sip of my coffee. This began when I entered laboratory research. A cup of coffee while organizing my data, writing a scientific paper, or waiting for the verdict of a DNA amplification trial. I just realized that even if you have tons of things to do (with even more piling up), you can still find time for a cup of your favorite coffee. If you want it, you can find a way to get it. You can find time to fit it in. Then I thought, if I can do it with coffee, why not with a vacation?
People have different reasons to travel, explore, and take some time off the busy world. I have my own fair share. To reflect on my purpose on earth? To ponder about the meaning of life? To know myself more?
Exploring a place isn't just being in the area physically; taking pictures of famous landmarks. One needs to experience the niche and learn more about it. How? Live with the people. That can give you the superior right to tell someone, "I know that place, I've been there!" How much do you know about the place? Sometimes it's better to go deeper than wider. This is not difficult, just a simple walk in a village early morning will reveal a lot. We've done this while in Bergamo during our stay in a resort and spa hotel in the comune of Rota d'Imagna. We learned not only about the place, food, and people. We learned about the way of life. And it all came up with just a short morning stroll. Fun and fulfilling.
Go visit your folks. Drive to the nearest beach. Camp out. Go fishing. Join a cruise. Stay at home. Take a road trip. Read a magazine then take a nap. Do everything in a leisurely pace. Each has his own idea of a perfect vacation, may it be simple fun or something extravagantly planned.
Vacation is a nearly lost art. Some people claim they're on a vacation but they bring part of their workload on the spot, get stressed thinking about the pile of paperworks left on their desk when they get back to office, feel guilty about the chores they might be doing back home instead, list goes on.
Even God rested on the 7th day. Don't feel guilty about leaving work for a couple of days. You know you do your job well, you work hard, and now it's time to treat yourself. We can rest after working hard, it's not a sin.
Make your vacation an authentic one. Time is too precious not to use on true, rewarding vacations.