My cousin Wendy commented on FB that she “liked” that my husband and I were getting away from our getaway. After all, we are retired here in Mexico for the winter months. Why would we need to get away? From what? Everyday life in the Northeast? Winter temperatures, snow, wind, bitter cold? I hadn’t really thought about it when I made vacation plans to go to the beach, but I was indeed taking a vacation, the same way people who work do.
Vacations are really different when you don’t work. The contrast isn’t there anymore to appreciate the difference between work and play, pure relaxation. Nevertheless, I have always been a big believer in vacation and retirement isn’t going to change that.
We have just come back from a lovely beach week on the Costalegre, about 4 1/2 hours from where we live here in Mexico. For me the beach speaks to my inner being, it takes me to a place of pure serenity and calm. Something, I’m not too familiar with, having been an anxious Type “A” personality all of my life.
I love boutique hotels, my husband hates them. I love Air B&B’s. My husband hates them. I love unadulterated, simple, not a flashy resort person, but he is 5 stars or 4 if all the 5 stars are booked! We couldn’t be more different in our preference for a getaway. He, being a very good sport, acquiesced and I picked a small hotel directly on the beach halfway between Puerto Vallarta and La Manzanilla. We all know the wife usually gets her way!
5 days of sun and surf, ocean waves pounding against the shore, walks along the beach, delicious fresh food, and an air of romance that just can’t exist in your everyday life. That’s why vacations are important, no matter if you are retired or working They’re different for sure, but they still serve a purpose. We need to reward ourselves for the hard work we put in all those many working years and kick back. For me the beach is the answer and I will try to incorporate a week there every winter. My getaway from my getaway!
. Vacations are important. Don’t deprive yourself. Life becomes routine no matter where you are because it involves routine things. Paying bills, preparing meals, organizing social events, obsessing, worrying, contemplating!
. The beach is wonderful or the mountains or the desert. Whatever gives you the respite from everyday life, embrace it, enjoy it and take the time to breathe.
Enjoy the ride
x0x Barclay and Joy