There is a debate among different friends of mine over whether or not there actually is a thing called muscle memory. Some say yes, some say no. Regardless of which side you find yourself, I can certainly tell you that vacation muscle memory has always been a struggle for me.
Every year, I enter vacation hoping to just enter into rest. To get to my destination, and to just relax. Well, as you might have guessed it, its not that simple. Life it seems, builds muscles that say: work, effort, worry, anxiety, work harder, do better, there’s no rest for the weiry, if you don’t do it no one else will. All these muscles make vacation for me a difficult thing to enter time after time. And yet, time after time, when i am relfecting on these thoughts and feelings, i think, “next year will be better”. Next year, I’ll be more balanced and will not need the time to adjust. Next year…next year… next year…Something has got to give.
To make matters even worse, laura and I have been reflecting on the way it seems so many people here tend to define recreation and vacation. Does getting to the beach with your cooler of snacks, ice, and beer at 11:00 and sitting under an umbrella till 3:30 or 4:00 constitute recreation? Are you actually doing your heart, mind, soul, and body the justice it needs to recreate? Or is this just a passive recreation that amounts to more of the “consume and do nothing” mentality of so many in the world today?
As we thought about it, we’ve come to hope that we are living more of an active recreation, both personally and corporately. That we are in healthy ways being and doing recreation for ourselves and for those around us. That while we need times to sleep in, and to just be, we also need to understand our part for recreation and vacation. Like fishing, or grilling, or golfing, or playing tennis, or running. These kinds of active activities that actual says to time, you are mine, and i want to be recreated through activity not through over passivity. We’ll see. Right now, I’m just enjoying watching the mastery of Tiger at the Open Championship. What a player!