I see it happening every day.
People wanting to go on vacation, but they're too busy. Whining about not having enough money, so they need to work harder or longer. In the meantime we're getting older, and our bodies will probably give out before our schedules will.
That's what happened to my dad, and I see it happening to me and my family.
Why do we need to save a boatload of cash and find a lull in our lives that will 'allow' us to have some time off to relax? Why can't we take the proverbial bull by the horns, and turn him into a barbeque picnic pig-out? (or is that beef-out?)
I'd like to know who gave us the idea that relaxing must consist of beaches, room service, and plane rides- that guy needs some serious noogieing.
You don't need any of that fancy stuff to retreat into relaxation. You don't need two weeks off. What you do need is the guts to tell everyone you and the family are going out to have fun this weekend, and hang the chores, the work, and all the other junk hindering you.
Then work towards that goal like a ram on a roller coaster- don't let anyone stop you!
I'm not just talking spur-of-the-moment surprises (though I have to admit, those are fun too!), but plan everything so you have some time together every other month as a family- or as a couple. But make sure you go to relax, whether that's riding a bike on the boardwalk, or just sitting with your loved ones reading a book as they play in a park.
The point is you need to take the time to recharge- no one will do it for you. I've been married for fifteen years and I've just learned this! If we can start planning, so can you- it just takes a little self-discipline.
Don't turn fun into a fantasy to be dreamed about. It can be achieved, if you make it part of your schedule!
Sometimes my husband takes a day off for a three-day weekend. This is great for day trips, because we can shop, fly kites, or play frisbee without dealing with a lot of weekend traffic or crowds. I make food ahead of time so I don't have to cook, and we spend the weekend enjoying ourselves. Oh sure, the house is usually a wreck by Sunday, but the fun was totally worth it.
And the best part is we're ready to face the world again on Monday because we're refreshed, recharged, and relaxed!
Make time for you and the family. Don't wait for the right time- it will never come. Plan these weekends every other month at least. No excuses, no whining, no procrastinating. You'll be happier, healthier, and have memories that will last a lifetime!