I recently relearnt this old but wise lesson... and anyone who is friends with me on social media knows how much I enjoyed my last holiday.
While I was holidays, I saw a cartoon that highlighted the depression one feels upon returning home after an amazing holiday. This was not the case for me. After having an amazing holiday I am energised, refreshed, delighted to have experienced all that I did and ready to work my arse off so that I can do it all again.
I don't holiday very often and I hadn't gone on a big overseas trip in a few years (I'm not counting New Zealand as that feels like I'm going interstate) and it was long overdue. I had the great pleasure of going with two of the most fun and amazing women I know... my wonderful mum and my most excellent sister :)
We had the BEST time. Hawaii was wonderful beyond words and we crammed a lot in... making every day an epic adventure.
It's so wonderful to learn about different cultures, traditions, geography, wildlife and food. In addition, the constant warm temperature was so good for my body... I could walk further, drive longer and was in a lot less pain than usual (maybe my happiness helped mask some of the pain as well). It was delightful.
Now that the holiday is well and truly over I am not sad or depressed. Instead I am extremely grateful for the effort put into planning the holiday, getting to experience living in paradise (even if it was only temporary) and the great times we had together. It has filled up my library of memories with so many beautiful images and fantastic experiences that my heart is full enough to get me through this wretched winter :P
BOOK YOSELF A HOLIDAY NOW!