My birthday usually falls around Thanksgiving so a few weeks ago I decided to to check what flights to Miami would be like during that time. As foreigners, Chris and I don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Over the years we've been invited to many different family gatherings and while we enjoy them, they don't hold the same meaning for us as they do for everyone around us. Only problem is... we are leaving tomorrow because I was sure that Thanksgiving was tomorrow. Flights were cheap, great hotel choices and weird enough, nobody was traveling.
This also meant that I had to reschedule the rest of the week and cancel my classes for Friday and Saturday.
Most people laughed, one or two thought that I was making this up. Chris was a surprised when I told him to take some time off from work. But guess what in the end, I'm so happy this mistake happened.
Chris and I haven't had a vacation by ourselves, without responsibilities in forever. We both run businesses, we eat, sleep, breathe our work and we take care and dote on Zola.
We have taken family vacations to Germany and Australia. Those were beautiful. But we didn't have too much time for just us.
So this is what we are going to do for the next 4 days:
- focus on each other
- turn our phones off
- sleep in
- eat, drink, be merry
- AND: NOTHING!
I can't wait!
We all live in an interconnected world that has us constantly buzzing with information, messages, and more. We are constantly reachable, we check email first thing in the morning, and Instagram last thing at night. Meeting friends requires more organizing than before smartphones, now we can text and cancel, our opentable reservation as well as with the person we're meeting. We are running later and because we can let someone know in an instance, it's ok... because they are probably answering emails while they wait.
When do we truly unplug? Even for an hour... maybe even for a weekend.
This holiday season I hope you get to unplug with people that you love. Take some time and share it with someone else. Give the gift of feeling and being fully present, not rushing and enjoying yourself.
Let me know how that goes for you. Happy Thanksgiving.