Take a Break or, Leave Both Ends at Home
August 06, 2014
The dog days of summer are here, and those of us at Aunt Sadie's hope you've had time to get out and enjoy yourself. Summer always seems to be like one long weekend: not nearly long enough. We get to Labor Day and it's like the seasonal version of Monday - we're asking ourselves where it went and commenting how fast it slipped through our fingers.
For those of us in northern climates, summer months are short and sweet, so getting out and enjoying ourselves while we can is particularly important. Savoring green grass and blue skies at home is one thing, but most of us strive to get away during the summer, hoping to savor the green grass and blue skies of someplace else.
We get it, it's good to get away and summer is a perfect time to do it - everything is in its prime and everyone is so alive. But for all of that, we seem to be taking less vacations than ever. 3-month breaks for school children may still be the norm, but sadly for us grownups, we have obligations and responsibilities and often it's just not in the budget.
Looking at the concept of vacation, there's many reasons to take one, but for most of us it really comes down to the fact that we're overworked, we're stressed, we need to recharge our batteries, and we need to get away. We're parents, spouses, employees, bosses, volunteers, friends, sons, daughters, and it can all be enough for most of us to walk around, burning the candle at both ends.
But we all need a summer vacation! Whether it's going back home to visit family, or going to the other side of the country so you can swim in an ocean, taking summer breaks are good for us. Gripping the railing that overlooks the Grand Canyon, with the wind in your face, is surely one of the best ways to relieve stress, as is feeling the sand between your toes while you stand on the beach while the salt-spray mists your face. Vacations give us an opportunity to explore other interests, immerse ourselves in other cultures, and give some perspective on the other parts of our life, our "normal" life.
And isn't it great to get away from your regular routine? Isn't it great to set your eyes on a new mountain range, explore a new city, take in all the sights, smells, and textures of a new place, just like newborns take in the new world around them? Sure it is!
So you have Aunt Sadie's permission: get out there, be healthy and take a vacation. You deserve it and your life will be better for it. We just ask one favor of you: when you're on vacation, just one end of the candle, okay? :)