I’ve discovered that I feel the need to fill every moment of my time off doing what society tells me is fun and ultimately what “I am supposed to do” for this thing called spring break. But when I return, I end up feeling more tired and worn out than before I left. I get so anxious about doing all of these fun, seemingly necessary things, that I never get a chance to really take a break. So this year, I decided to put my foot down and take some time for me.
Of course, I had some plans for this week, but they did not end up going, well, quite as planned. What was meant to be a fun few days with an old friend prematurely ended by crashing back to reality with hurt and heartbreak. Again, not quite what I had in mind for this "break."
In the moment, I knew that I could handle this problem in a few ways. For example, I could be upset and stay that way for the rest of the week, or I could pick myself up and make the most of my drive up to Minneapolis. I decided to do a little bit of both. Emotions are hard and suppressing them is not healthy, so I decided to go to stay with my family in the cities. The next morning, I got up, had some coffee, played with my nephews and later that day, my family treated me to a facial at a spa in town.
I am clearly sad about how the beginning of my "spring break" went but I refused to let that keep me from having the break I know I deserve. Spending time with my family is the healthiest way to follow this situation. Healing loss with love is the best remedy I know and that is exactly what I got from the hand I was dealt. If a life decision like this had to happen, this was the best time for it.
My mentality going into the week was to spend my time catching up and relaxing as well as processing where my life is at and where it was going. Even though the obstacles life has thrown at me, my goal has remained the same. In fact, it is even more important. Family, friends, fun, and sleep!