There is a reason we take a break from our everyday life, step away and change scenery. If you come back from a holiday unchanged, unmoved or unrefreshed, it wasn’t a proper vacation. I have spent the last two and a half days in the Big Apple with my ten-year old son.
My youngest asked me if he could play in Central Park. I thought, “why not?” I checked us into a very nice hotel on the south side of the park, with a park view. I was going to do exactly what he wanted. I had no agenda. I made suggestions and gathered information to help him decide what would be interesting for him. I gave up control.
We rented bikes and rode all over Central Park, took a harbor cruise to see Lady Liberty and visited The Museum of Natural History. He ate a hot dog and ice cream from a cart on the street, and played in a CP playground. We got take out food, room service pizza and rented movies. We napped and were in the bed watching those movies very early. We had a blast. We laughed and talked.
However, I felt like I had a sleeping disorder. I kept falling asleep every time we went back to the room. This morning my son said, “how are you still sleeping?” I thought about why I was so exhausted. Back in Atlanta, I have exhausted myself emotionally. I have not been drinking alcohol and reduced my caloric intake quite a bit. I ate very healthy here in New Yawk and did not imbibe. My calories were higher than what I have been consuming at home. I needed this break.
My body reacted to no stress, no responsibilities and stepping back from an emotional situation that has affected my heart. I spent very little time here in NY debating in my head, pondering what the outcome will be, what is going on with work and is my diet working. I let it go. I had neural shutdown.
I am heading back home moved by just hanging with my baby, changed by my ability to give up control and refreshed by sleeping eighteen hours a day. I love vacations, even short ones. I so enjoy learning more about myself and growing. AND…I love New Yawk.!
Tell me what’s going on in your life. I want to hear from you.
Wishing you love, balance and peace!
Amore & Baci,