Soon, I will be going on a short vacation. Nowhere exotic, just a nice tree-filled place an hour or so away. It’s a chance to turn off my brain and relax. I know people think I’m boring for just wanting to sleep or relax without doing anything. I find that the lack of stimulation is more enjoyable and more refreshing than packing every last minute in to a timetable.
It’s not like I’ll be sleeping or relaxing on a couch all day, for several days. I’m just looking forward to that part of it. Not having to clean, or cook, or do other chores. I can simply direct my will to wherever I wish it to be. Again, simple desires, but ones that I can’t help but gravitate toward.
I do this even in new places. I find someplace to relax and watch the scenery and the people milling about. Sure, I’d like to see that sight, or try that local food… I’m just not in any rush to do so. If I can, I like making things spaced out. One thing I really dislike when traveling is the absurd compressed time frame people gravitate toward. I don’t want to be stressed trying to make it to the airport gate; I don’t want to be rushed into a 6 hour walking tour of a place that is much like everywhere else. I just want to enjoy it. Soak it in. Feel like I live there.
This is all not to say that there aren’t things that I’ll go out of my way to go do. Not at all. I went to Seattle and got to drink a coffee from the first Starbucks (as stupid as that is) and got to eat atop the Space Needle. I wandered around Chicago and San Francisco for hours until my legs fell off. Some places feel great to explore. Others… not so much.
I don’t think I’ve ever had the high energy to immediately visit a place and set forth on an adventure. Much to my wife’s frequent dismay, I might add. I think that it’s okay to just want to be in a place and enjoy it for what you want out of it. I think much of my feeling around this is that I hardly ever go to a place alone. I’m always with a party of people. You tend to have to bend to the will of others, which obviously makes doing less a non-starter.
Is anyone else like me? I’d love to know if I’m alone in wanting to absorb a place through slow osmosis…