What an Impromptu Vacation Taught Me About Life

Last week my husband asked if I wanted to go on vacation to Florida with my family in December. My dad wanted to book a condo and was trying to figure out who would come when.

In a whirl of exasperation, I said, “I don’t know! I’m so stressed why don’t we just go now?” To which my husband replied, “Ok, let’s go now.” I then said, “But that’s too stressful! I can’t think about getting everything together to go on a vacation right NOW!”

Jeremy and I went back and forth that evening and the next day. He told me that his boss would allow him to go. It was up to me. He said he would take care of a majority of the prepping and all we’d have to do is pack up the day of and head out.

I decided to go for it, and we left two days later.

I’m incredibly glad we went. And, as it turns out, you can come home from Florida with a lot more than a sun tan.

Here’s what our impromptu vacation taught me:

  • Nothing is THAT big of a deal
    • Towards the beginning of our trip, Margaret took a tumble down 4 cement steps. My dad was right next to her and didn’t think she hit her head. As she sobbed, we examined her wounds, found none to be serious, and put some “boo boo stick” on her cuts and scrapes. I was so glad nothing worse had happened.
    • I want my kids free from serious harm, and outside of that, nothing is THAT big of a deal.
  • It is what it is.
    • I’m very much about things being prompt. I may not always be on time, but you better start on time (Yes, I recognize the blatant hypocrisy there).
      • If you tell me dinner is at 6:30, dinner should be at 6:30. One night my husband, kids and I showed up to a gathering of my dad’s friends just before 6:30. When 6:30 rolled around, I was wondering why we all were still sitting around. I said something to my dad about it, to which he replied, “It is what it is.” At first I was a little frustrated, but I realized he was right. It was no big deal. It is what it is. Be flexible, Tricia.
  • Routines are good, but sometimes they get thrown off. Way off. And that’s okay.
    • Usually our daughter goes to bed in her room between 6:30-7:30pm. Our son goes to bed shortly after his last bottle, around 8-9pm. Since we’d be sharing a room, that meant everyone went to bed around 9, sometimes later. It was a little challenging, but it was worth it.
  • Sometimes your kids are going to watch more TV than you’d prefer. A LOT more TV than you’d prefer. And that’s okay.
    • Margaret watched a good amount of TV while we were in Florida during our down time. At first I wished she weren’t watching so much TV, but you know what, it’s not that big of a deal.
  • Sometimes your kids (and you) are going to eat a lot of crap. And that’s okay.

    • My family typically follows a primarily whole-food, plant-based diet. Well that went out the window in Florida. My daughter ate more cookies in one week than she probably has in the past year. I ate more sweets and salty snacks than I usually do in several months. It is what it is. No big deal. We’re getting back on track now that we’re home.
  • Don’t let the hard stuff cloud the wonderful moments
    • Margaret is a very happy child. She was almost perfect on our vacation because there were so many people to entertain and so many fun things to do. I reminded myself to savor and remember these moments. I saw the pure joy in her eyes and soaked it in. I let that joy flow into my heart and am storing it there for those moments when Margaret is challenging.
  • You know those activities that are such a hassle that they’re almost not worth it, so you decide not to do them? Do them anyway.
    • It was such a job to sunscreen everyone up, get bathing suits on, pack a bag, and head to the pool. But you know what? It was worth it. Margaret had a blast at the pool, and I enjoyed playing with her. (Not to mention she took an awesome nap after).
  • Sloooooooow Dooooown.
    • Life’s too short to rush through it.
    • Soak in every moment.

I have to say, our trip showed me that I need a major attitude adjustment in some areas of my life. I need to be more flexible. I need to stop getting so worked up about the little things. I need to slow down and chill out. I think we all could benefit from a bit of an attitude adjustment in these areas.

We need to live life and love it.

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2 thoughts on “What an Impromptu Vacation Taught Me About Life

  1. YAY!! So glad to hear you just rolled with it. You are so right – it’s NOT that big of a deal, and it IS worth it! We are never 100% prepared for what the future holds. We can’t plan out every detail. We have to learn to roll with it and enjoy the ride. It makes me so happy to hear families just deciding to drop it all and play a bit – that time to rest, play, soak in some sunshine and get rejuvenated are so worth it! Props to you for doing that, and thanks for sharing the fabulous pointers. 🙂