When I arrived, it was sunny and 69 degrees. New leaves are starting to appear on the trees, the birds were singing, and all was right in the world. I parked by the lighthouse, and strolled down to the beach and made a turn north to walk along the shore.
The tide was on the higher side, but not so high that I couldn’t make it through the submerged forest. As always, it looked different than any other time I’ve been through there and was a photographer’s dream. After that came the salt marsh and stream, covered over with sand to make it easy to pass, and after that, the campground.
I still enjoy walking through campgrounds, even now that I have my RV and aren’t looking at the various options anymore. Nearly everyone I pass gives me a smile and a friendly wave or hello. It’s not hard to figure out why people are in such good spirits. This is quite possibly the warmest day the island has seen so far this year, and the wind is keeping the bugs away, good camping weather.
After that I returned to the truck and drove to the south end of the island, where the hiking trails are. I put on my toe shoes, and wandered along the trails for a while enjoying the views of the forest and lagoon while some afternoon clouds started rolling in. I saw at least four different species of birds along the way.
Then there was a quick stop to the other side of the island that faces the salt marsh, and then back to Julie’s place for pet sitting duties since she’s out of town this weekend. Along the drive back I stopped at a McDonalds, it might not be good food, but I like it on occasion and don’t get it often. It was a treat to myself.
Normally my days off don’t look like this. I plan out the day off ahead of time, and I spend it working just as hard as I do on days at my job. I’m still in the middle of a job search, still trying to write a ebook, and still have maintenance things to do on Cas. My To Do list feels like it’s about a mile long and I’m one of those people who gets antsy when there’s lots of things sitting on my To Do list.
The point I’m trying to make is, I bet when you read this you sighed wistfully and thought about how great things were going to be when you had the time to have a day like my yesterday. I’m here to tell you that if your life is as busy as mine is, that day will never come. Don’t wait until you have the time, make the time.
Learn from yesterday, and plan for tomorrow. But don’t forget that we all live in today. If you’re working so hard at achieving your dreams that you fail to have any fun in the process, you’re missing the point.
And the benefits of a real day off don’t end when the day is over. I’ve found that having a day off like that on occasion with no work and no strings attached usually leaves me energized and ready to tackle problems I’ve been struggling with. With a clearer mind it’ll be easier now to pick the things from my list that really need working on in the coming week and I’ll be more efficient at it.
Maybe you aren’t on the road yet or aren’t as close to a scenic destination like Hunting Island, but I bet there’s somewhere nearby you’ve been wanting to visit. How long has it been since you gave yourself a real day off?
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Oh, and I took a lot of video at Hunting Island to share with you all. I was hoping to have it all uploaded in time for today’s post, but sadly the internet is being pokey and has other thoughts. When it’s all up and ready to go I’ll stick it up on the Videos page and update this post to let you all know.