Not having internet was fabulous.
I’m sure to some people it sounds like a nightmare to be away from a computer for three and a half days. To be honest, I wish it had been longer. I did have email on my phone, but I wrote almost nothing and never browsed the web. It made me realize just how much time I spend on the computer (hint: way way way too much.)
So what did I do instead? I had great conversations with my mother. I played with the dog (her dog; sadly I don’t have one.) I took long walks. Yes, we watched tv, but we also went out into nature. We enjoyed the quiet. We watched the ocean. It was perfect. The first day we took a 4 mile walk. We took a few breaks, but we did it. At home I never do that. At home I feel like I can’t do it. But with the cool clean air, the roar of the ocean, and the peacefulness, suddenly it didn’t seem too hard.
Do you have a place like this? I wish I had one that was more local. This place is fantastic, but I won’t be able to go back until spring. I’m glad I made the most of it while I had the chance! I know I wouldn’t be happy living there, but it is a fantastic place to visit. I have been going there for a long time, and I’ve noticed that I always feel better when I’m there. Of course, I’m on vacation when I’m there, so that helps, but even a quick weekend has the most amazing restorative effect. I get more exercise, I eat better, and I take good care of myself. I do more physical therapy, I read more, I’m active when I need to be and I rest when I need to. What could be better?
Am I completely healthy when I go up here? No, of course not. I still have pain and fatigue and other issues, but it’s all a bit less bad. What can I say? I’m in love with the place.
So now it’s back to “real life” and all that goes with it. I extended my internet vacation a bit, so I’m sorry for not posting anything yesterday. It was so nice to be away from the computer, and I wanted it to last just a bit longer. I’ll try to cut back from now on, though; sitting in front of a computer for hours just isn’t good for any of my conditions. And as soon as spring hits, I’m taking another computer break and heading back to that beautiful seaside nook. I hope you find a fantastic place to visit, too.