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I don't know about you, but being an adult is not always what it's cracked up to be. Oh sure, I can have cookies for dinner if I want (and I have) but I also should be planning more for retirement, my weekends are no longer just for slumber parties and hanging out at the pool.
Over time, the weight of all of life's responsibilities can start to be a burden. Earlier this year, I was having a difficult day with all of it. And, I will preface this by saying that my burdens are small compared to others, and are in fact nothing greater than what we all deal with. But, I also know that no matter who we are, we all have days when things seem all wrong.
This particular day for me was a Saturday. I was cleaning the house, and something in me just snapped. I thought, no matter how well I clean the house, it will be dirty again tomorrow, and that I'll spend the rest of my life just cleaning this house...over and over again until I die. That was the tipping point, and then I spiraled a bit out of control and started thinking that all my hard work in all aspects of my life were pointless.
And as I spiraled, I decided I HAD to do something about it. I simply could not go on like this anymore (dramatic, I know). So, I searched for the first cheapest flight to Europe I could find. Jackpot, Dublin in 12 hours, $700.
I figured it all out. I would just pack a bag, leave Pat a note to meet me in Italy in May as we had planned. I'd email my boss and say I wasn't coming back and then I'd just start living life. Awesome plan, right?
Honestly, I blame Pinterest with all the inspirational quotes for pushing me over the edge. I mean, this one by C.S. Lewis is 100% correct. But, it's these kinds of thoughts that send me into a frenzy to destroy all the things I've worked so hard for just for a brief moment to feel more alive (and get out of mopping the kitchen).
But lucky for me, and most of us I assume, there's a rational part of my brain that kicks and says " Wow, leaving your job and backpacking Europe on a whim sounds like fun, but how do you think you're loving husband is going to feel about that? Also, how are you guys going to pay the mortgage?"
Then I sit down, sob a bit, and realize that life cannot always be like it is in the movies, or on Pinterest. It means that we have responsibilities and relationships that need our presence. That doesn't mean I can't go backpack Europe someday ( I will), or that I'm off the hook for mopping the kitchen (I wish).
But these self governing parts of our brains are good. It's not only what keeps us from doing crazy things like flying to Dublin and abandoning your family, but it's also the part that just says no to meth and makes you think twice about that face tattoo...ok, so we all don't have that part of our brain, but I'm glad that I do, as romantic as jetting off and "just living life" sounds.
I'm still going to eat cookies for dinner, and no one can stop me!
Lots of love, and happy travels!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz