There’s been talk recently about whether you actually go “on vacation” if you are retired. I recently took a trip to our beach cottage – our vacation destination for years and the place I used to call “my future retirement home”. Well, retirement is here, it is not our home yet, and I still had a vacation mindset while I was there!
So how was a vacation mindset different than “real life”? I was a lot more active. I was more spontaneous. And, yes, I was also more laid-back if there was a change of plans. We ate out more. I did less “work”, including less blog writing. I read “trash novels”. I participated in more happy hours. I started the day putting on flip-flops and a bathing suit, just in case. I was, can I say it, happier.
It made me wonder why some of those habits just don’t translate to “real life” here in Ohio! What prevents me from being more active here? Eating out more often? Participating in more happy hours? Being happier every day?
But it also highlighted for me that a vacation mindset is a change in perspective that is needed at times. A vacation mindset shifts my thinking to someplace else – whether it’s the laid-back sand in your toes beach-mindset of our Florida beach cottage or the new city, intense exploration I hope we have on our trip to NOLA next month.
I will try to continue to bring some of those (good) habits back, but it’s still fun to be away and in a very different mind-space on vacation. And for that mind-set to make those days just a bit happier.