Today was what ever summer vacation day should be – hot and sunny. I was able to run three good miles in the heat and humidity. When I returned I was almost as wet as I was yesterday when I got caught in the rain. Boy did it feel good. Afterward I jumped in the ocean and swam what I think was 750 meters. The water is so clear and the waves were calm, a great combination. The rest of the day we spent sitting in the sun, playing in the water, reading, chatting, and just enjoying the day. For my niece and me this is our last full day before we fly back tomorrow afternoon. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day than the carefree way we did.
I know I have benefitted from this week off – no work and a cut back in training. A good time to rejuvenate both mentally and physically. The best sign to me is that I am perfectly content in a state of just being today. No worries, no stresses, just enjoying the moment. It is such a rare occurrence when I don’t have to be some where, do something, or be accountable to or for someone. Spending time this week with my 13 year old nephew brings back memories of the carefree times of childhood. He is such a flexible guy and goes with the flow. My niece, now an adult, is defining herself and her responsibilities. She has left the carefree childhood era but is determined to not be controlled by the rat race so many adults face. If anyone can buck it, she sure can.
Adults have so much to teach the younger generations. One lesson also should be that we do not know it all and can learn from the younger generation as well. Time is not infinite and we only have so many days. Enjoying them, as well as being responsible, is something we never stop learning to do. The carefree life on vacation, questioning why something is always done one way, and being flexible all add to the spice of life. And everything is better with some flavor. I don’t want to live a bland life – hot sauce and cajun spices come in handy sometimes.