Summer: A Free One

Summer Escape

The above image shown is my patio; a place that I will be migrating to for a good majority of the summer.  This is the area that I will be enjoying my summer, a part of the year that I have not really embraced for 5 years (Full-time work and school will do that to you).  I can just sit back and think about how far I have come so far in my journey that I like to call life.

In one of my earlier blog posts that I wrote (which can be viewed here), I mentioned some of my evasions from reality.  I think I might need to add this physical area to my list.  I have the opportunity to reflect on the hard work and dedication in a way that I have not before.

Along with sitting out on my patio and enjoying nature (when it’s not extremely hot), I can do many other things this summer with the extra time.  For example, I can plan that family trip that my mother has been dying to take.  I can visit a couple of new restaurants/nightspots that I want to explore.  Finally, I can spend time with family members and friends who I have not seen in what seems to be a century.

For the last couple of summers, I have either been doing the following pretty much in order: 1. Work varying hours full-time for an IT company, 2. Attend school full-time right afterward three-times a week, 3. Had my head buried in the books in order to get homework/projects completed, 4. Slept on the couch from extreme exhaustion.  I unfortunately do not have pictures of the fourth statement (might be for my own good).  It’s good for one summer that I don’t have to do steps 2 & 3; step 4 I’m still trying to work on.

As much as I love and miss school, I can’t pass up the chance to enjoy three of the hottest months of the year known as summer.  Next year might not be same story, that Master’s Degree is calling me about now.

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The Ultimate Vacation

“You stressing everyday cause the way that you living. See it in your face ain’t no faking the feeling.  We can get awayyyy and be chillin, we can get awayyyy and be chillin”

Listening to this song makes me want to go on that ultimate vacation and just chill.  Get away from the everyday stress and struggle of everyday life.  I went on my first real vacation last year to Miami, Florida.  Going to MIA was one of the most liberating experiences in my life, especially at a time where I was both working and going to school full time.  Just seeing so many different people enjoying themselves under the warm weather made me feel like I was in paradise.  Don’t forget about the women too: they were beautiful. 

Even with the goodness that was Miami, I feel that this was not my ultimate vacation.  My definition of an ultimate vacation is somewhere I can go to enjoy the great weather; a place where I can meet local people and listen to their stories of their everyday life.  My ultimate vacation would be somewhere I can ease my mind and relax without worry.  My ultimate vacation is a place that I can say without a doubt that I would come back time and time again.

I definitely want to go on another vacation sometime soon.  There are so many different places that I want to explore.  The Earth is a phenomenal place, and it’s a shame some people do not realize the good that’s out there. 

My Question(s):  What is your definition of an ultimate vacation?  What places do you plan to visit within your lifetime?