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Some people feel jaded about vacations just because "your problems will be there when you get back." Others feel like you take your problems with you, so there's no point in running away for a short while. I can't agree with either of these, not even with my general misanthropy. I think vacations, when used properly, are a great way to decompress and let go of your worries and stress for a while--which is exactly the point of them. If you can't just smile, for no particular reason, on your vacation... well, I feel sorry for you.
Smiling points for me this vacation were:
- Swimming in a salt-water pool (natural chlorine kind) in the 100* heat
- Driving 90+ mph in a Mazda RX-8 with the sunroof open, windows down, blaring my favorite tunes
- Finally seeing some California wine country
- Tasting amazing wines at the aforementioned country
Of course, it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. California is hot in July. It's different than the way Colorado is hot in July. And yes, sure, there are all kinds of things I could have complained about, could still complain about, things I wanted to do but didn't get the chance to, etc.
Didn't get any writing done, for example, and had little to no internet access. But you know what? That's okay. It's healthy to unplug (or semi-unplug) for a while, not berate yourself for filling up every waking moment with effort. Vacations are good for spending effortless time and not feeling the least bit bad about it.
So, now I'm back. I still have items on my to-do list for the year, and I feel a bit better about facing them now that I've had some time away. It's back to work, in all senses of the word, and back to normal. Hope you all had a great, safe holiday.
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