Peace. I’m mostly looking forward to the peace.
I love living in the city. I love being close to friends and activities. I love being able to get places on public transportation. I love the opportunities.
But then there are the downsides. There’s the ridiculously high cost of living. There’s the noise and the crowds. There’s the horrible traffic and lousy drivers. There’s the lack of nature (in my neighborhood even more than in many others) and the constant bustle.
And that’s what makes this weekend especially great. I get to keep living in the city, but spend 4 wonderful days away from it. For a long weekend, I’ll get to take long walks, enjoy fresh air, gaze upon beautiful scenery, and revel in a lack of internet access (only because the place I’m going to doesn’t pay for internet, not because I’m going anyplace *that* remote.) For several days I can enjoy nature and quiet and peace!
One of the downsides of my current health problems has been that I haven’t been traveling. If my health had been better, I would have left town at least a few times in the last six months. I would have visited a friend in western Massachusetts. It’s a short drive, but I just don’t have the energy to do the trip and then keep up with her and her kids. I would have gone to New York to visit family. But that’s way too far for me right now. I would have probably gone abroad, just because I hadn’t done it in a long time and I was saving up the vacation days at work so that I could go. Instead, I haven’t left the area in the last six months and it’s really getting to me. I used to leave town at least 8 or 10 times a year. Some of the trips were large (Europe!) and some were small (a drive to visit the grandparents) but they always provided a change. I could really use some change right now.
So at this moment I am counting down until I can get out of town. It will be a bit tiring, but someone else is driving, and the place I’m going to will be very relaxing. Plus, I’ll have the company of my favorite guy. And in the end, I’m absolutely certain that it will be worth it. I can hardly wait!
How do you handle travel or a lack thereof? I’d love to know!
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