Vacations can be fun and relaxing, but also stressful. This long weekend, we went on a fun adventure to go visit family that live relatively close. It was so much fun. We got to spend time with my nephew, brother and sister-in-law, grandmother, and my parents. We ventured to Sea World, Torrey Pines State Park and Balboa Park. The kids all had a blast. There were so many great things that happened. We took pictures, played in the sand, watched polar bears and Balooga whales swim, and run around outside.
With all of the wonderful and positive things, I still found myself in a somewhat negative mood toward the end of our adventure…the drive home. I always have to stop myself and reassess at the end of a quick trip. The younger kids are tired, everything seems rushed, and I find my mind racing through all the things I have to do when I get home to prepare for the rest of the week. I start to feel all of the good memories and happy times slip away as the reality monster steps in and begins raising those unnecessary stress levels in my brain.
I forced myself to start thinking about the great things that we experienced this weekend to help the stress dissipate. There definitely was some stress that did remain because all too often, there is not a vacation from the vacation to recuperate, adjust and slowly step into a routine. We return from a wonderful memory-making adventure and are forced to crash land into our lives and pick up right where we left off. This is a reminder to take a breath and enjoy the memories that were made. Cherish the pictures your heart took and relish in the faces and places you were able to enjoy and be a part of. Life will get back on track.