As many any of you know, I recently discovered that I’ve lost touch with the ability to be present and have fun. This past weekend, I found both and the solution that allows me to relax, have fun, and enjoy life. Short adventures are the solution for me. I love trying new things and experiencing things I haven’t done for a while. After this weekend, I’m more recharged and ready to go than ever! I can’t wait to discover what my next adventure will be!
Last weekend, I spent some much needed time relaxing and being present. On Friday night, I spent my evening with two of my best friends. We went shopping and just really enjoyed the evening. Saturday, I headed north and went fly fishing for trout. It was so relaxing to just be present in nature. Although I didn’t catch any, it was still a surreal experience. That night, I headed over to my grandparents’ house to spend the remainder of the weekend. We went to church and spent some quality time together. On Sunday, I got to spend the day with some cousins, uncles, and one of my aunts that I haven’t seen for a while. We had some delicious food, caught up with each other’s lives, and got to watch a few baseball games!
Being present and having fun are things that have been missing from my life. This past weekend, I found both again for the first time in years. On Saturday, I could tell something was different. As I was driving to go fishing, I opted for music instead of my usual podcast. I set the cruise control and sang my heart out for the next hour until I reached my fishing location! I’m always a positive person, but this was a completely different energy. It just felt good to be me. I wouldn’t trade my life or my problems for anyone else’s. I started to love being me again. This was the first time in years where I was able to shut work off and be completely present. I didn’t have to think about paying attention to what was in front of me, I just did it. Being present came easy and I didn’t have to force myself to do it. I’ve discovered that if you try and force yourself to be present, it’s not effective at all. I don’t how to hit that switch to go from work to be present, but I do know that creating these small experiences allow me to be present and have fun. I’m definitely going to do more of these mini-vacations. I don’t have the time nor the want to go do something like that for multiple days. The occasional short 1-2 day trip is all it takes for me to reset. I found fun, joy, and happiness. I haven’t experienced any of those for that duration in a long time.
Going forward, I’m going to try and create more short experiences. Those experiences are what life is about. I got more out of this weekend than a podcast or a book. This was a weekend I’ll never forget. I learned, I lived, and I enjoyed life. This was definitely a spectacular experience.