I’m on a 5 day vacation at the moment. Brought out to BC by my older brother’s wedding. There are a number of reasons that this trip has been good for both my mental health and my physical health, so let’s count them down.
1. You can still get homesick when you live away for a long time. Mostly I miss my family. Have more time to spend with them. Many of my friends from Winnipeg have moved away. I love living in Toronto. I have great friends there, but unfortunately two of my best friends have moved a bit out of the city, which I actually think just made me more homesick for my family. That being said, I’m adventurous and independent and enjoy living in a bright vibrant city. Spending this weekend with my parents, brothers, sister and nephews has been wonderful and long overdue.
2. Weddings are a happy time. Because they are a celebration of love. At times I find myself being cynical – that I’ve already used up my love tokens by 34 and am destined to be alone. But my brother found love again and he’s in his late 40s, so I guess I still have time to go.
3. Solo travel is good for my soul. The last 2 days of my trip I’m on my own. The freedom and peace experienced during solo travel is inspirational. It makes me always want to do more of it. Just little getaways with no restrictions and no one else to worry about.
4. Being by the ocean always makes my body feel good. The ocean water, the smell, the serenity. I probably need to live out by the ocean, I can’t be landlocked forever, Vancouver is just a bit too expensive for me at the moment though.
5. Outdoor exercise. My toe is doing a lot better, though I’m sure it will kill by the end of the day. Getting to walk and hike through Stanley park is always a joy. Again, I always feel good by the end of it. And anything else I add into today will also be great.
6. Finally, eating all the seafood. I’m honestly not a huge fan of meat, and I think that seafood in general is much healthier. Any time I’m near the ocean I always try to eat as much fresh seafood as possible. Chowder or sushi or shrimp dumplings or fish tacos. Fresh and local is amazing.