I have heard a vacation allows you to escape the problems that occur in everyday life. For me this escape came in the form of an extended girls’ weekend from Michigan to Tennessee with my best friend and our mothers.
We left my house at seven a.m., and by eight Jordyn and I were rocking out in the backseat of the van to Reba McEntire. After about two hours, with our Mothers unbearably annoyed, we made the first of many stops at The Cracker Barrel. After our pit stop, we played the same four chords more times than our parents could tolerate, attempting to craft our first song. With minor help from our Moms we had written a touching piece about avoiding our lives, and heading South.
Following a ten hour drive we finally reached our hotel. We knew it was high class when we opened the door to the smell of rotting tuna and swarms of hungry flies. In an attempt to switch hotels, we wasted an hour arguing with the receptionist, who seemed about 130 years old with a stare like a Silver Back Gorilla. Eventually, we moved to the refreshing Days Inn for a relieved night of rest.
Waking the next morning at an hour much too early for my liking, we left to go horseback riding. I spent the next hour following Jordyn to Cumberland Falls while her horse passed gas in my face. In the blistering heat, I saw a sight that I will never forget. I walked to the edge of the land, right before the water spills over the rocks, and looked out into the woods. Standing alone, with the soft wind pressing against my face, every problem that had bothered me simply faded away. My mind forgot how my Mom was mad at me, how worried I was about finding college money, and why I was so concerned about my boyfriend leaving me. I took the time to stop and breathe, and even now when I am not on vacation, I still make myself slow down and appreciate little things in life. Vacations offer the potential to understand and to alter your life. My conscience and I slept well that night.
Over the miles of pavement we covered, we shared laughs, stories, secrets, and unfortunately, the bathroom. Although this was not exactly the vacation I had in mind at all, I learned to appreciate this gift of relaxation and I ended up having the time of my life. I made memories that will last a lifetime, and friendships that will last even longer. The most important part of my trip is still with me today. My vacation caused me not to focus on life’s stresses, but life’s everyday moments.
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