Vacation By Living

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve travelled out of the country. I had planned on a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia last year; however, the pandemic put the kibosh on that idea. Since then, flying in a winged tube hasn’t felt as appealing as it once did even though I do enjoy flying. Also, Western Canada is one of my favorite locales on the planet.

Getting a healthy dose of the outdoors here at home is valuable so I manage to go for walks when the weather is not extreme. Surprisingly, there are some pleasant parks in Norfolk, Nebraska. The city parks department maintains flower beds and groves of trees. There is also an on-going city improvement program to up the ante on basic appearance and environmental impact.

During the non-snow months, it’s easy to enjoy the brilliant colors and greenery of the city’s horticulturists’ efforts. Norfolk has undergone several other minor and major improvements over the past decade so the quality of life has improved somewhat. Also, I live in a less busy part of town near some natural habitat. This makes for a convenient, quick respite when I step out of my back door. This is a major reason I have not moved out of my neighborhood.

In my opinion, it’s important to connect with our physical senses of sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. I can experience these senses by meandering through the green spaces of town and strolling through our small downtown district. Meeting up with a friend for a spur of the moment time-out is easy. On the other hand, exploring the town alone is pleasant and relatively safe. Comparatively speaking, we have a low crime rate.

During those days when weather conditions are not friendly to man nor beast, there are plenty of indoor projects, hobbies, and distractions to keep my mind happily engaged. There are no pressing reasons why to take a vacation from life. I’m already on vacation in life.

That said, there are still excellent reasons to get away from home for awhile. The natural settings of far away lakes and mountains energize the mind and spirit. Interacting with cultures different from my own bring about new friendships and a wider point of view of life as a whole. Also, it’s been too long since I’ve been to an ocean beach.

These are some of my thoughts when I allow myself to enter an exploratory frame of mind. Much of the reasoning to get in touch with the outside world is to enable higher planes of conciousness. This is also a form of self-care that recharges my strength so that I can be present for others without feeling resentment.

Taking a vacation by living is easy and inexpensive. It takes only a few moments to reconnect with the curiosity and creativity that awaits within.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes entrepreneur and former Head of Commerce at PayPal subsidiary “Braintree”, Harper Reed. “Taking time to do something slower than you normally would is a privilege that should not be ignored.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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5 Responses to Vacation By Living

  1. I think that enjoying and savoring one’s normal home life as though it were a vacation is certainly an ideal to strive for. There are logistical factors that can make that more challenging (location, work, etc.) for sure but a lot of it is also mindset. I’ve definitely traveled to other places to do something I could have done at home.

  2. Agreed. I think a vacation is mostly about changing my frame of mind. New sights and experiences are helpful but not necessary for that.

  3. bloom|time says:

    I love this mindset. But sometimes the soul needs a change of scenery and a couple extravagant mountains! The best part of vacation is the reminder of how wonderful home feels upon return.

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