What do you tell people when you return from vacation?
Listening to an interview with Richard J. Leider (author of The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better) yesterday I was struck by some research he has done into regrets among older people. One of the consistent themes was a regret that they hadn’t spent enough time reflecting.
That’s certainly true for me and vacations. We download our pictures, write some thank you notes, sort through the pile of mail, get our to-do lists fired up again, struggle through jet lag and attempt to integrate back into the flow of our home life routines. As time passes, the vacation experience fades and is often reduced to captions on photos, and an occasional anecdote retold. I’m thinking this trip is worthy of some deeper, personal reflection.
What were the truly memorable moments? The joyful zings that make your heart leap? What were those tingling new experiences that I seek to recreate back home? What did I see or do that will have a lasting residual impact on my outlook? Where does this propel me to venture to next time?
Going offline to dig deeper.