I’ve traveled to a lot of cool places. I made memories there, met people, had a great time with great people, experienced and learned new things. And I miss it.
I miss it almost like it was a person who made an impact on my life and then vanished.
But we can’t live in the past, we can’t live in previous vacations and places we’ve traveled to. We can just hold on to the beautiful memories we made there. We have to break up with the places we’ve been.
We have to let them go and live our real lives again, we must maintain presence. Because when I find myself looking back on brunches next to the ocean, or exploring a volcanic cave, or standing in front of a glacier – I feel a pang of jealousy and a need to escape.
While it’s okay to escape life just for a little bit, we shouldn’t always be pawing for the past. I’ve broken up with the places I’ve been. I’ve said goodbye, for now, and visit the happy memories every once in a while. But I won’t spend time yearning for something that once was.
It’s gone and over. Maybe I’ll return again one day. But until then, we’ve broken up and I have to move on to my present life.
Happy summer! Summer is my favorite season (fall is a close second) mostly because I have a lot of free time and I hate being cold. Below is my bucket list for the summer, I’m going to push myself to get A LOT done because if not now, when?!
Read 5 books
Have a picnic
Visit Longwood Gardens
Travel out of state 5 times
Go to a concert
Go to the beach at least once a month
Reach 1,200 Twitter followers
Reach 6,800 Instagram followers
Reach 2,900 WordPress followers
Reach 650 Facebook likes
Finish my photo album
Meet up with friends at least twice a month
Host a game night
Eat vegan once a week
Go to the gym at least twice a week
Plan a trip for 2 year anniversary
Change my hair
Put more money into savings
Make a wreath
Make better choices when it comes to accepting sponsored posts
The official last day of spring is less than a week away! The calendar timing of seasons feels much more appropriate to me because summer is just not the same as an adult and my busy season at work just ended so I can finally start enjoying my free time more. Check out what I got done in spring! What’s one fun thing you did this spring?
Read 3 books
Complete one crafting project.
Have friends over to my new place
Go on a weekend trip
Plan a summer vacation
Visit Longwood Gardens
Reach 2,700 WordPress followers Only 55 away so basically completed 🙂
Reach 6,600 Instagram followers
Reach 900 Twitter followers
Reach 600 Facebook page likes
Go hiking in 2 places Just one, but good enough!
Leave the state 3 times
Hold a sloth Maybe in a few months 🙂
Save $$$ for a dog!
Start a garden
Have a picnic Definitely adding this to the summer one!
I am on a traveling hiatus, only partly by choice. Life is really busy right now and there are so many other things that require money, time, and attention.
On the one hand, my break from traveling has allowed me to see my friends more. I’ve gotten more done around the house and in my own town. I’ve been really busy at work and stacking on trips on top of work would have just been way too much for me to handle (even though I’ve done it before). I have had time to myself and to just relax.
On the other hand, I’m tired of it. I need a distraction from life and traveling is usually the one thing that whisks me away and makes me happy. I keep looking at my calendar booked with hundreds of other things like appointments, work events, family get-togethers and am just underwhelmed with the way my summer is looking.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing and I was booking trip after trip after trip with no regard for my real life. I love traveling, but I need to appreciate the here and now too. The break from traveling has been an adjustment, along with many other things going on with my life, but I feel like it has been much needed.
Taking a break from traveling has been good for me, but I’m ready to get back into it! Luckily I have a trip planned in July. Where are you going this summer?
The way I approach social media is the following: do it for the gram, but also do it because you love it. I find nothing wrong with people sharing their adventures, selfies, and accomplishments on social media. I find nothing wrong with people traveling just because they want a great photo. I find nothing wrong with people hopping on certain trends like books, movies, or becoming more aware of what’s going on in the world just so they can chime in on social media conversation. Because it may all be for this little internet world, but there are many real life experiences coming from it.
It’s not always the case though. Sometimes our social media lives take over our real lives. And I hate to admit it, but it’s happening to me right now.
If you were to go on my Instagram right now, you’d see fun travel shots from the past. You’d see that I spent my weekend loving life and going to farmer’s markets and getting coffee. You’d see all my friends commenting and liking my photos.
But my real life is just nothing like that right now.
I’m pretty bored and the occasional coffee run doesn’t change that. Work is stressful, life is mundane, and I’m tired. So I’ve dug myself deep into the social media hole just to escape life.
Nothing really should be used to escape life. Alcohol, traveling, social media – are all things you can enjoy, but shouldn’t be used to just forget your life. And that’s what it feels like for now and I’m honestly sharing it with the world because I know other people get sucked up in it too.
I get home from work, put on netflix, and scroll through my phone until it’s time to sleep and that’s no way to live.
Sometimes social media just takes over our lives, but we have to recognize it and get ourselves out and do something for ourselves. Because social media is not going to do it for us.