My husband and I went away for the weekend with another couple. We had a wonderful time, and the experience revealed to me several new Secrets of Adulthood:
Even a weekend away from home and routine is plenty for a proper vacation.
As much as I love my children, it’s restoring to have a break.
A vacation is more relaxing if you don’t rush back at the last possible minute. We arrived home Sunday night, and I felt crazed—jumping into the bedtime routine, dealing with the mail, answering my emails, picking up phone messages, unpacking. With longer vacations, we build in a cushion of re-entry time, but that didn’t seem necessary with such a short trip. Big mistake.
It’s wonderful to go, but it’s even better to return. East or west, home is best. An embarrassingly banal sentiment—but true.
And, of course, The days are long, but the years are short. The time to do something fun is now.
How about you? Has getting away for a few days ever helped you get new perspective on your life?