It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you. Eric Roth
Well friends, six weeks ago today we were on the docks of San Pedro, walking across the gangplank of the good ship Star Princess, Hawaii bound. We’ve talked about doing this cruise for nearly 10 years and finally did it.. It’s one for the ages, a bucket list event! 15 days and nights aboard a luxury cruise ship, 10 days on the open ocean with stops at 4 islands, Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Maui and one last stop in Ensenada! it was awesome! All that time to do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted or not. There was time for it all, relaxing, reading, sunning, chatting, balcony stargazing, sleeping, drinking, watching live entertainment and a whole lot of eating! For two weeks and a day we were treated like royals, pampered, catered to, over-fed and entertained. Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that. A much needed break in the action, loved it!
The cruise was an incredible experience. we were living the dream! We had it all, the whole enchilada! Even time seemed to be cooperating with us. Right off I noticed that while at sea time seems to slow down. As if getting away from the fast paced, rat race of everyday living, away from the distractions, the cell phone, internet and TV is all I needed to do to find the time I’m forever looking for. Truth be told I did have the TV on occasionally but I quickly tired of the news, it probably wasn’t on more than a couple of hours the entire trip. I really wanted to be away from it all. By the third day we seemed to be doing everything more leisurely, no need to hurry, time was on our side. I even found time to read 3 novels on our trip! I’ve been retired nearly 4 years now and am embarrassed to say I’ve only found the time to read 4 novels! One novel a year? Truth. When I was working I used to read all the time maybe 6 -10 novels a year! Go figure! Now I know time didn’t actually slow down for two weeks but it sure felt that way and I liked it.
It’s hard to believe we’ve been home for 4 weeks already. Time is blowing by too damn fast again! Oh I’m trying to drag my feet, slow things down a little, but the world just goes on spinning. I must confess I wasn’t a happy camper after the cruise ended. I was good to go for another week at least. I really wasn’t happy to be home. I didn’t want to be home! I didn’t want it to be over! I was having a bit of a problem turning that corner. Yeah I was sulking and pouting with a bad case of the “I’d rather be cruising blues.”
Most of the time when you get home from vacationing you have that ‘good to be home’ moment. Sometimes it happens the minute you get off the plane or as in our case, the ship. Sometimes it doesn’t happen until you pull up in the driveway or first walk into the house, you’re suddenly overwhelmed by a sense of warmth and familiarity, there’s no place like home. Can you believe it was nearly two week before I finally experienced that single, defining “It’s good to be home” moment. It had never taken that long before. I tell you, two weeks of ocean relaxation has a way of changing a person. It definitely left a mark on my psyche.
My moment finally occurred one afternoon while I was kicking back up in the gazebo. Our gazebo is decked out like a Hawaiian surf shack and quite comfortable. The adjacent pond, waterfall and fountain add to the effect. I was sitting in the shade next to the waterfall enjoying the sounds of nature, (and the Rolling Stones) sipping an IPA when it happened. Suddenly, out of the blue I came to the realization that I was indeed home and that it was okay. It felt really good. There was no need to sulk about the cruise being over. I realized I could continue to enjoy the cruise attitude even here at home. I can feel the sense of happiness and mental relaxation, that same sense of peacefulness I felt on the cruise right here in my own backyard It’s all on me. I can make it happen and I really would like to cruise through the rest of my days. I’m committed to trying.
The cruise changed me. I came away with a renewed appreciation for life. I took the time to stop and smell the ocean air and I liked it. It changed me. I want to continue to enjoy moments like I did on the cruise. It’s all about having the right attitude and how we approach our daily lives. Attitude matters people! Have a good one! Don’t let life get the best of you, shits gonna happen! Accept it, deal with it, learn from it and move on. Time is short my friends don’t get hung up on the small stuff. Enjoy your life! Get the most from it! I know a lifetime sounds like a long time but believe me it isn’t. Nothing’s guaranteed, you best get around to it sooner rather than later.