There are little places more relaxing than Key West, Florida.
Sometimes, you need a vacation from your vacation. For example, going to Europe can be wonderful, but you’re constantly walking, sightseeing, doing. In Key West, it’s just a straightforward, relaxing atmosphere. And that is much needed when you’re working and stressing a lot of the time.
I genuinely dislike being a worrier. It brings about all these icky feelings about being someone I really don’t want to be. In my mind I’m cool, worry-free, good vibes girl. But sometimes, I’m really just over-thinking, kinda stressed, constantly doubting myself girl… with sprinkles of that laid back hippie peppered in.
I notice the contrast most when I’m somewhere like Key West. What I like about vacations like this is how I am put into a state of complete relaxation. Other trips, like the fields of Okeechobee, Florida, are so silent and still they serve as a mirror for seeing what’s inside. I am not lulled into relaxation, but I can finally hear what’s up amidst the silent backdrop. Both are great for you, but sometimes I just need to be cradled into zen.
So this trip to Key West, I was consciously living in the moment. Every move I made looked like a postcard. It was something I genuinely wanted since I knew I hadn’t been doing this for the past few weeks. I was doing a task, but in reality thinking of all the other things I needed to accomplish, or what I could be, should be doing, etc.
There was coffee sipped leisurely with a porch view of the island. There was reading instead of writing and working, which was wonderful. There were days of classy sippin’ on a porch and others of gettin’ sloppy on Duval. Above all else, there was day dreaming.
I’ve spoken about the importance of daydreaming. I think it’s something so many of us forget. For some reason, vacations usually bring this out in us, and my theory is it’s not so much the vacation as the state of mind. Sittin’ on the wrap-around balcony staring at Old Florida styled homes and smiling faces actually gave me the euphoric clarity to know everything is going to be okay.
The money, the family, the health, the doubt… all those blocks to your happiness that weigh you down in life, all of them will actually be okay. No matter what. Because the universe is always conspiring for you. Somehow, on this balcony looking down, it’s so clear to me that we don’t have a bird’s eye view of life. I can see what goes on both sides of this road, but the people down there simply cannot. They just have to trust if they keep walking, it’s all gunna be alright. And it will be. It already is.