I just came off the most epic two weeks. I spent 90% of my waking hours outside in the sun, on the mountain, in the ocean, barefoot in the sand, or on skis or a board. (Okay, so not that much time ON the board).
I haven't taken a vacation that long... ever? I did a little bit of work here and there, but there was little to no stress attached to it.
As I settled back into work this week, I came to one conclusion: no wonder we are so tired and spend so much time and energy trying to be healthy. In our daily lives, we are doing the exact opposite of what is natural. We wake up in the dark, spend the daylight hours inside, sitting, constantly running behind, overextended, and stressed out.
Sitting here in California, I realize that most of the energy I spend on wellness is in an effort to replicate vacation mode and infuse it into my daily life. (Gratitude journal, supplemental magnesium, walking breaks, standing desk, quiet time for prayer/meditation, etc, etc. )
The reality is, those are helpful, but they are just moments scattered in a lifestyle that is definitely NOT ideal for perfect health and wellness.
So what to do about it?
I think this is where the 6 month and 5 year goals come in. I will continue the litany of daily wellness practices to keep me sane and healthy, but I'm on a mission to make vacation mode my reality.
I know myself well enough that to know that I wouldn't be happy permanently "on vacation". I like building stuff and I'm engaged and happy when I'm being challenged.
Vacation mode for me is the lifestyle where I can work at will, travel when I please, and ultimately not be ruled by the clock or workweek. Vacation mode is lots of time in the sun, surf, and snow, playing outside, waking up slowly, and relaxing dinners with friends and loved ones.
If that's the lifestyle you want and you're not actively pursuing it today, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? If you're grinding away from 9-5 and spending as much (or more) than you make, you have to seriously ask yourself what you need to change today so that you're not waiting for age 65 to roll around.
So here I am, back in Silicon Valley, more motivated and inspired than ever to go to war for my dreams.