I just needed to take a break.
I needed to ignore my overwhelming ‘To Do’ list.
I needed to say “No” to doing anything.
I needed to try to halt my thoughts and clear my mind. Essentially to not focus, concentrate, reflect or ruminate on anything. To try to stop worrying. I didn’t write about anything. I tried to let everything flow in and out of my mind without judgment or consideration. I stepped back and I stepped aside.
I needed a hiatus from my friends, my routine and the day to day requirements of my pets and kids.
I needed a different scenario. An escape.
I just needed to do something that I wanted to do for me for no other purpose than enjoyment. Required respite.
My forced cessation of everything ended with a 3 week vacation. The first week was spent camping with my youngest daughter and her friend. I did have a couple of friends at the campsite and a friend who came up to visit for one day. After a week I returned home to spend a day touring friends from Ontario around Victoria and then the next day I flew to Hawaii for 2 weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday. I took my kids and I am glad that we were able to share in so many amazing experiences together. I still think that a week away in the future completely by myself or with one close friend is necessary. The urge to be able to be alone, to eat, sleep, do the things that I want to do when I want to do them without interruption or distraction is such a desire and need in my life right now. More refreshment should revitalize me further.
On the last day that I spent in Hawaii, I played in the waves all by myself on Hapuna Beach. It is apparently voted the 3rd best family beach in the world. It was a sunny day; no clouds in the sky and the water was so warm with a white sandy bottom. The waves would pull me back and then push me in. It was easy to just float and be lulled by the movement. The beach was long and I started from the middle and went all the way to the left to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and then back to the other side where the rock formations make caves and lava tubes. I made this journey twice. I swam, floated, walked and jumped. Sometimes it didn’t seem like I was making any progress at all and I just stayed in one spot. Other times, the tide would pull me and I would panic a little if I got too far away from shore. Eventually I made it to where I planned to go.
I returned home with clearer thinking and renewed energy to work toward finishing all the tasks that I need to do to end my marriage and settle our legal matters.
Some things that I noticed during my pause:
- I don’t have tolerance for garbage in my life. I am letting people and things go without regret.
- I say what is on my mind and I am clear with my expectations.
- I am eager and excited for change, adventurers, new people in my life and new possibilities anywhere they might take me.
- I am braver and fear little.
- The scar on my right arm from 3 surgeries for Melanoma, that the specialist I saw in June was concerned continued to be raised and wasn’t flattening despite all the massaging with oils, now lies completely flat and is pain free.
- A slit in my right thumb nail that has plagued me for the last 10 years with continual breakage down into my nail bed is miraculously healed. I can’t stop looking at it and rubbing it. I feel like I am healing all over at the cellular level.
- I realized that my ex has built his entire world around his work. He gets all his needs met at the workplace. All his benefits and money come from his employment. He is fed there, drinks there, gets sex there, the other woman works there, and his 2 best male friends who extend his social life beyond the walls of the office work there. He has created his work to be his God.