Self-Care Challenge (Day 254): Planning a Vacation

view from a campsite in Rolle, Switzerland

Next year I turn 40.

I’m not exactly thrilled about it, but there doesn’t seem to be another option.

Turning 30 was nothing short of traumatic for me. It came at an interesting time in my life when I was experiencing a lot of life changes–which is probably more common than not, actually. I was forced to accept that my 20’s were over, along with a lot of other life plans that didn’t quite work out the way I thought they would.

I remember spending six hours at the spa, getting every treatment I could possibly cram into the day. It was an attempt to escape without turning to drugs or alcohol–and it worked quite well.

But as I prepare to embark on my 5th decade of life, I have a different outlook. It’s amazing the insights another 10 years of life can bring. I feel optimistic, blessed…and perhaps even a bit more confident. I’ve heard from many people that age brings a unique sense of quiet confidence, that we progressively become less interested in–and influenced by–what other people think.

I have to say, I’m really loving that.

Nevertheless, as this momentous occasion draws nearer, a vacation is required. While we still haven’t finalized any plans, we at least have a few fun possibilities on the table.

Planning time away to celebrate life’s milestones is an act of self-care. It forces us to pause and appreciate what is.

How will you be celebrating your next life milestone?

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