It’s amazing how we could become so wrapped up in the day to day life routine that we forget to “getaway”. For many of us it’s difficult to take a vacation. Even if it’s just for a weekend. It becomes more difficult when you have children.
We live in San Jose, California where we are fortunate enough to be a short distance away from places like San Francisco, the beach and amusement parks. All of which provide endless entertainment. Although we have these attractions close to home, we don’t enjoy them as much as we probably should. This past weekend we took the opportunity to have a family day on the beach.
We packed up snacks, drinks, sandwiches and of course all the stuff to have fun on the beach like buckets and shovels. We (my wife, our 15yr old, 3-1/2 yr old and our neighbor’s 11 yr old daughter) set course for Monterey, California. Only a 45 minute drive from home 🙂
We did the normal beach day activities. Splashed around in the water, played with the toys we brought and did the mandatory bury the kids in the sand and watch them freak out when they have a hard time getting out. No worries, no one got hurt 😉 After all of this it was time to head home.
As we were driving home everyone around us was rushing through traffic trying to get ahead of everyone else. I on the other hand was in no rush at all. The traffic didn’t bother me one bit even though we were either at a complete stop or moving at 2 miles per hour. I took a second and wondered why I wasn’t so impatient like everyone else around me. Then I realized that we had no time constraints. We didn’t have to be back home at a specified time. In fact we didn’t have an exact time to leave for the beach either. Something so simple made a huge difference in how we felt inside, stress free. The time we spent on the beach was fun but also having the sound of the waves crashing near by was soothing to the point where I wondered what it would be like to live close to a beach. The only thing we had on our agenda was to relax and have fun and that made all the difference.
I say all of this as a reminder that we all need to get away from the rigors of life. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant week long vacation to some place that’s hours away. A simple drive to a nearby beach or a park for the day without any constraints on time (besides the obvious) is all that’s needed to help reset your mind state. Treat yourself and your family to the simple pleasures of life. 🙂