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Expect. — It Is Just Too Much Pressure.

on July 2, 2013

Here’s the thing about vacations.

We just don’t take them often enough. And we don’t stay long enough.

A year in advance, we book houses and hotels. We pick a week on the calendar and schedule the trip and buy the tickets. We get the days off of work. We buy the supplies, the clothes, the groceries. We pack our bags and gas up the car and make arrangements for the pets and the mail.

And in our head, we picture the ideal vacation of rest and relaxation with perfect events and perfect timing. And perfect weather.

Come on, now. That’s just a lot of pressure.  A lot of pressure to live up to our …

vacation expectations.


Because what actually happens is called … life. It rains. The beach is crowded. The ocean water is cold. Someone gets sick. You get in an argument. All of these are just the stuff of life that happens everyday.  The stuff of life that wouldn’t be that big of a deal… except…it is your ONE week of vacation.

We seem to vacation like we are in Vegas…we put all of our chips on Red 21 and let it ride.

When it goes well, well, it is pure magic. Memories are made. Pictures are taken. We walk around feeling a little…satisfied.

And when it doesn’t go well, all of a sudden those little things start to feel big and disappointing. Like the world is against you.

So, I think the answer is very simple.  Stop the madness.

We just need to vacation more often and longer.

More vacations = less pressure to make them perfect = lowered expectations = more time to relax and enjoy.

I think it is brilliant, really.

And not just because I’m enjoying this little vacation so much and am already searching for reasons why this should happen way more often. 🙂

It’s really a solid theory.


And I actually went on a run tonight…this rainbow cheered me on along the way.


7 responses to “Expect. — It Is Just Too Much Pressure.

  1. Awesome! Wait, you book a year in advance?!! We’re still waiting to book our vacation for later this month! Lol.

    • MommyVerbs says:

      Ok…not really a year in advance…but I think we did book in October. So…close. But that is just the point…more vacations…less thinking about it. 🙂

  2. Melissa says:

    Vote–YES for more vacation!!!

  3. Lead Our Lives says:

    I think you are on to something beautiful and special here, dear one. Be well. Have fun. Enjoy it all. The rain(bows), the crowds and more vacations with no expectations. Lovely post.

  4. Jan says:

    It’s a crap shoot for sure. We always say “if it rains, we’ll sit on the porch and rock.” But we really do care if it rains. 🙂 I vote for 2 or 3 big vacations a year and lots of little extended weekends! I vote for retirement!!!!! Thanks for the post.

  5. Heidi Williams says:

    So well put. We put too much pressure with schedules and expectations. Time to enjoy life and relax is what is needed most.

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