Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Back to reality
We got home late last night. It was a long drive with some nasty thunderstorms and heavy rain as we came down I-95.
I'm back at work today. It seems strange that the vacation is over. I know what people mean by the "geographic cure"--the phrase used to describe the idea that one can escape problems by moving to a new place, instead of changing thoughts and behavior. This wasn't a "cure" but just a change of scenery and pace. It was a great time, and now it's back to the reality of email, reports, memos, and just living life.
It always seems surreal to leave one world where everything is so simple and far removed from the pressures that we live and to drive back into another world where there are definite deadlines and commitments. But no matter where one goes, life is happening. I talked with the watermen who are struggling to make a living with diminishing resources. Their life may seem simple to me, but it's hard and real for them.
I know there's no such thing as a geographic "cure". But just maybe changing external conditions refresh and affect mood. There sure is a lot to recommend a brief break from the usual routine. This vacation was about seeing some places that made me reflect, relax, and re-tune. A change of scenery is an invigorating experience. And it made me appreciate all that I have right here and that "here" isn't such a bad place to be.