The beginning of this week, I was fortunate enough to visit Denver for work and had the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people and make some exciting connections.
What amused me was planning for the trip, due to it being work related, I had so much support jump in and help me prepare.
My mom and children’s father had a schedule for the kids, and my boss took me off the work week schedule as well since I would be out of town.
Everyone was so helpful and accepted that this trip was out of my control and therefore we all needed to work together to make it simple for me to go.
Here are a few experiences and life lessons I learned while on this trip:
- It’s all kind of pointless– What really stood out to me as I was on the airplane thousands of miles high in the sky, was how small the houses, cars, and the roads seemed. Even the big trucks seemed like specs as we soared from one destination to another.
In the air, I realized that a lot of things going on in my life “down there” should seem just as trivial as they truly are. When I leave this earth, everything I did will have no significance any longer. It will all be forgotten and really not worth the headache or the stress we sometimes put into our day to day lives.
2. Perspective Adjustment- (This kind of goes with lesson number 1), Everyone should get a chance to fly and see life and the world from a different perspective. When you’re looking down at any situation, you begin to notice and see things you may have not seen before. You also can put things in a different perspective and discover a peace you may have never gotten without the experience.
3. Take a break!- Everyone should get a break from the “real” world without needing excuses or work to make it happen.
While everyone jumped on board to help me prepare for this trip, why does it have to be that way? I believe mental health should just be as important as business trips. Something that’s required of us and not a necessity. Although it was work-related, not having to wash clothes, wake up to put kids on the bus, prepare dinner, or do a normal work routine, helped me recharge and actually get some good rest and have some actual fun in my free time.
Don’t get me wrong I missed my children terribly, but you don’t realize how much stress you naturally put your body under until the stress is gone and you feel a different type of relief.
So, my overall take back is this. Take that trip, makes those plans, and walk away from your life for a little while. Let’s make it okay to take more “me weeks” and less “me days” our work, family, and our own selves deserve a chance to refresh and restart when we feel it’s needed.