Lydia Keith

Vacation. The word immediately brings to mind relaxation and sunshine, absurd expense and stressful timelines, post vacation depression and longing.  Yep, “vacation:” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It’s never as perfect as we want it to be.  So, how do we enjoy every moment of our vacations; from the planning to the social media posts. How do we enjoy thinking ahead to it while still living our day to day lives and find contentment in the routine while we wait for the unique?

Lydia Keith

This year, our family decided to go to San Diego.  We wanted a beach house, we wanted to hit the zoo and go surfing. We wanted to lay in the sun and eat delicious food. We wanted to do anything and everything.  And then, I changed jobs.

The beach house had been rented, the airline tickets bought, the car rental priced out and suddenly we found ourselves facing a change to our income.  It’s never easy to plan a vacation as is, but throw in a sudden concern over budgeting and our usual yearly get away and the already stressful undertaking became doubly so.

I’m fortunate enough to have a husband who weathers the ups and downs in life with a reassuring calm.  With his straightforward mentality, we decided to continue with our planned vacation, after all we only live once. So we took a few days to reassess what was really important to us and we made sure to remind each other of the current joys in our life. The fact that I still had a job, even at a lower salary.  That his job was stable. That our family was healthy and our social lives and hobbies still brought us contentment. Vacation wasn’t our whole life.

Vacation 2021

eAnd so, what did we do on this vacation that we wouldn’t have been able to do anywhere else? Honestly, only a few things.  We ordered delivery from places we could order in Minnesota.  We sat on a beach (which we could do in Minnesota.) We went for walks and watched Netflix. We slept in and read books.  But we did it together, with an ocean right outside our window.  The smell of the air was unique, and the breeze moved differently. We did go to the San Diego Zoo, and we went whale watching (something we could NOT do in Minnesota!) We spent a day in LA, walked Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Boulevard, Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum. 

Lydia Keith
Lydia Keith

And when it’s done?  When we’re back home, laundry is done, suitcases are put away. When the smell of ocean and the sand in my suit has disappeared? What then?  Well, for us we relive it through photos. We print and post. We upload to a digital frame so those memories pop up from time to time.  We invest in the memory now so we can enjoy the memory for the rest of our lives.

 

Vacation 2021