Is there anything more restorative, relaxing and required in our busy modern life than a stay-cation? I think not. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend 3 weeks in Spain but to have some time away from our normal routine, without having to do mundane (but necessary) tasks like cooking and cleaning for just a few days is just as soul enriching. Sometimes, it takes a new environment for introspection to occur. Sometimes we just need a staycation.
So let me share something I’ve learnt lately. Thanks to various books (The Revolution: A Field Manual for Changing Your World), podcasts (loving the Freakcomics and TED talks!), events (I’ve just been to a ‘Food As Medicine’ event at the Trupp Cooking School and a ‘wellness morning’ at the Park Hyatt Melbourne in celebration of Global Wellness Day last Saturday) and conversations I’ve had with friends and strangers, I’ve learnt that “everything is a choice”. Apparently, we make 3000-4000 choices a day. Each one of them, large or small, can have huge ramifications on our health, habits and happiness. In times of stress and sleep deprivation, I fell victim to the ‘but I had no choice…’ mentality. But now I realize, even the ‘no choice’ choice is a choice!
So whether or not I chose to drink water and eat fruit, wear vintage and Melbourne designer clothes like Chorus (because they carry less carbon footprint and I should support local businesses), read instead of spending hours on social media, prioritizing rest and relationships, or spending a staycation at the Park Hyatt, I’m making a choice, hopefully one that is better for my health, habits and happiness. After all, according to Jean-Paul Sartre: “We are our choices.”
I hope that you’re making the best choices every day, every minute. Maybe you need to adopt healthier options, form better habits, choose happiness, or maybe you just need a stay-cation. Either way, the choice is yours.