Do you remember those middle school essays: “What I Did on My Vacation” ?
Back then, I proudly wrote: “I read, I swam, I sunbathed by the pool, I caught fireflies.”
Back then, we didn’t have computers and cell phones, I-Pads and I-Pods, Twitter and Facebook.
Back then, we didn’t have a hundred choices of things to DO, like skydive or zipline, paraglide or climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, river raft or whale watch.
Back then, vacation was a time to just BE.
Now, most of us are always doing, especially on vacation.
So I’m kind of embarrassed to answer the question about what I did on my vacation this month:
(1) I read six books: The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Time and Again by Jack Finny, Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Marry Me, by Kristin Walker, The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett.
(2) I walked hand and hand with my man, with no destination in mind.
A path to nowhere.
(3) I watched giant turtles teach me the power of floating to wherever I am taken.
I could do this all day.
(4) I shopped at the U.S.’s western-most bookstore in the little town of Hanapepe, Kauai.
(5) I dozed in the sun after an hour of a yoga tai chi class along the ocean.
(6) I admired the sunrise…and the sunset.
(7) I caught waves of memories, splashes of insight, whispered tradewind words of wisdom, sand drifts of dreams, and a beach load of joy.
Many say I didn’t DO anything…
I say I explored the world of BE.
“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” Robert Orben