One of the points of taking a vacation is to forget about all the things you should be doing. You should set your brain at idle and focus on nothing. You’re expected to fritter away the hours and consort with the flowers.
Well, since I’ve retired, I often feel like I’m on a virtual vacation. After years of working hard (blame my engrained work ethic) it’s difficult to simply shut down. However this is what’s expected of us when we take a vacation during our working years. You plan for weeks and sometimes months. You scrimp and save so you can afford to do the things you enjoy. You pack way too much. The whole ordeal of planning a vacation is a job in itself.
Everything is planned down to the smallest detail, but to be truthful, you never really know where the adventure will take you – what obstacles you may encounter – how soon you’ll run out of money – will you need a vacation from your vacation when you return home.
Sometimes the best vacations are those which are unplanned. Now that we’re on a “fixed” income, we have opted for short road trips that take no longer than a day. We’ve discovered some really beautiful country right in our own backyard. Improvisation has always been my forte’ (ask my acting friends) so doing things on the fly can be fun as well as cheap. Never underestimate the power of a senior mind. The local ice cream shop has been a favorite spot to visit. We’ve enjoyed driving through the nature trails of some of the nearby state parks. Sometimes we stop and visit a small town and simply enjoy the simplicity of old time living. There are tons of beautiful lakes and resort towns where we live.
When we age, however, we never know what condition we’re going to be in from day to day. For the past two weeks I’ve been catching up on my sleep following acting in another show. I’ve discovered new aches and pains, probably hidden because the show had to go on. When you work at full blast for a while, it takes us a lot longer to recover.
So now that our days are growing shorter and our time on this planet is limited, what should we do? Well, we could succumb to aging and wait until our number is up, or we could challenge ourselves once more and once more again. Every day is a gift no matter what you’re age. Enjoy every one of them while you can.