All of us yearn to travel. We look forward to every holiday and every vacation with bated breath. Summer holidays cannot come fast enough and trips are planned months in advance. The mere mention of “going on holiday” is enough to excite us. The whole concept of escaping to a new place throws most of us into a tizzy.
We will do anything to get away from the drabness of daily life, to have a break and rejuvenate ourselves. I am no different and definitely do enjoy a good holiday. But quite often, the part of the holiday I most look forward to, is the part when I get back home. Not because I miss my bed but its because my mind is filled with ideas that I cannot wait to put into action.
Holidays are a great way to step away from the pressures of life and think about the bigger perspective. They allow us to consider life from a third person point-of-view and I often find myself making a lot of important decisions during my time away. Getting away proves to be the perfect environment to stimulate thinking i.e distinct lack of worries and heady optimism. This combination allows us to think unhinged on the petty realities of life and it is during this time that we can make larger than life plans. Plans that may have once seemed like a dream but become possible with commitment and perseverance.
Reassessing our priorities in life is a vital exercise that one should do on a regular basis and it is immensely difficult to carry out this task when surrounded by distractions and stress. A quick weekend trip can do wonders and a longer trip will gives us a significantly larger amount time to explore ourselves. We can discover new sides to our talents and thus, open up new opportunities in life. The impact of a holiday should not be ignored, provided your are welling to let your mind run riot during those days. If somehow the idea of a holiday seems far fetched, the next best alternative would be to turn off the phone and sit in a park/cafe alone.
After having done a lot of “getting away”, one fact that I have come to terms with is that a large number of the plans I make during my time away never get executed. They are either completely impractical and unrealistic or simply stupid. And that’s perfectly fine. Even if one good idea comes out of the process, suddenly the hundred bad ideas seem to be worth it.
I’m off to America today for a fortnight. The land of dreams has been a constant fascination of mine and I have always wanted to learn more about their way of life. This trip will be the perfect opportunity for me to have a first hand experience of the American dream, to understand their culture and dissect their lifestyles. I look forward to the trip but perhaps more than that, I look forward to returning home with new ideas and plans.
Go on, take a holiday.
Currently listening to – One Day by Bakermat
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