For a week, I've been hiking, and reading, and enjoying scenery. I have written nothing except for brief daily journal entries. I've been completely unplugged from social media, and I barely watched any TV.
It was wonderful.
Before I go away on vacation, I am so deeply immersed in my world that I hate to disconnect. The packing, the air travel, the many arrangements, all seem like too much trouble. Why am I doing this? I ask myself. I could stay home and relax, and that would be vacation enough.
Then I see my first mountain, or giant sequoia, or canyon, or beach, and I remember why.
The world is so large, so beautiful.
I need to slow down, every now and then.
I need to step away from the screen.
I need to reconnect with some part of myself that gets buried in the busyness of work, the daily minutiae.