Monday, January 05, 2009
Is this thing on?
Deerfield Beach, FL, December 2008 [Click to make tidal]
A couple of weeks after deciding to make this my first truly unplugged vacation in, well, ever, I'm faced with the daunting task of reconnecting with the real world. It's not going well.
Since getting home late Saturday night, we've wrestled with the inevitable fatigue associated with a consistent - and delightful - lack of structure. But the fridge and pantry needed to be filled, the suddenly inoperative microwave needed to be replaced and the kids needed to be made ready for school. The real world doesn't take vacations, so when you decide to get away, you inevitably pay for it when you get back. Karma.
I learned many things during this journey, much of which I'll share in the days and weeks ahead. There's so much to say...
Some quick housekeeping: Thematic Photographic returns on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The theme will be (indeed, is, since I announced it last week before I decided to park the laptop for the rest of the trip) "new". Caption This returns next Sunday with an all-new entry. I know I slacked off while I was away. But now that I'm back, I'm glad I did. I need to become more comfortable letting things go every once in a while so that the rest of me can breathe. I know it made a difference to my family to have me there in spirit as well as in body. In the end, it was good for my soul to ditch anything not related to the here and now. I'm only sorry I didn't figure it out sooner. Oh well...life's a learning experience, right?
Your turn: Sitting on the sand watching the waves roll into shore. What does this moment feel like to you?