I just got back from a week vacation in Mexico. My days consisted of sand, beach, pool, and so much sun. I joked a few days in that it was so funny to me that the only thing on my to do list, was to continue working on my tan. It felt so silly, but so freeing at the same time. When I’m at home, I’m constantly making lists of things that need to get done. There are the things for work, appointments, deadlines, and then there are the personal lists, “Must follow up with so and so, because I haven’t seen them in quite some time,” and the list goes on and on.
I’m quite guilty of thinking ahead and not remaining present in the moment. I’m a planner by nature, and as much as I’m aware of that, and have let go a lot, I think there will always be moments where the planner in me can’t stay quiet.
We can’t take pauses from reality all the time, but I think it’s healthy to do so. The lightness I felt on that trip, simply because I had no one to answer to, and nothing I had to do, was incredible. I also realized that there are other ways that lightness shows up in my life. It shows up when I take time to go to my favorite coffee shop on the weekend, and when I make the time to go to my favorite outdoor market. Basically, it shows up whenever I indulge in the little things that bring me joy.
However, I’m pretty good at shoving those things aside in order to tackle the things I have to do. If I’m honest with myself, a lot of those things can probably wait while I grab a cup of coffee, or run to market. My pauses from reality don’t have to be extravagant, they just have to be intentional.
I think the pauses we take are what helps us be present when need to be, so I encourage you to allow yourself pauses when you need them.