Beware of destination addiction, 
a preoccupation with the idea that
happiness is in the next place, the
next job, and with the next partner.
Until you give up the idea that
happiness is somewhere else,
it will never be where you are.–Robert Holden

It’s so easy to fall prey to “destination addiction,” isn’t it? Especially with the pandemic threat beginning to wane.

Now that I’m vaccinated I certainly feel that urge to shake things up a bit, but I’m trying to keep in mind that grass does look greener from a distance. Unfortunately sometimes when we get a closeup view, we find that the new grass is the same shade as the grass we’ve been gazing at for months. It might even be turning brown at the roots.

At the same time, we do want to get back out into the world and reconnect with friends, family and the places we’ve dreamed about for months now. It can be puzzling. Do we feel unsettled because we’re finishing so many months in place? Or do we feel unsettled because we’ve learned what we really need in life and have new ideas how to find it?

How are you balancing life these days? What destinations are calling you? Are you launching right in or proceeding with care?

5 Comments

  1. Terry Guerra on March 28, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Good morning, Emilie!
    Second shot this Thursday. It’s amazing how different I felt after the first one, a little more confident that the virus would pass me by, and a lot of hope that this pandemic would soon be under control.
    No plans to travel for now, just to enjoy those things around us we used to call normal!
    Getting ready to start your book – can’t wait!

  2. DELORES on March 28, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Unfortunately, a dog with a ruptured vertebrae in his neck that required surgery clipped my wings for the next few months, as he needs to be kept quiet—no jumping, running, steps, etc. We are a week out and adjusting, but this little boy loved all of these things and doesn’t understand the changes in his life. His favorite person, my son, is here during the days working on ramps in my house, as there are a few steps at all entrances. Keeping Zack calm each time my son comes in and out is a challenge, but we are working on it. I haven’t had time to think too much about what I want to do or where I want to go, but I am so thankful I am fully vaccinated so I don’t have to worry so much about my son being here. He is two weeks away from second vaccine, My daughter , a teacher, is fully vaccinated so can give me a break now and then. I’m so accustomed to staying home for the past year—just more of the same—except I can’t take long walks with my dogs like we have always done. That’s off limits, too.

  3. Adelyn Grudier on March 28, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    I will get my second shot in a few days but I can’t say that it makes me feel any different. I will continue to mask up when going out because while I might be okay, I don’t want to harm anyone else.
    There are so many things I would like to do but age keeps telling me that while it would be great, the getting ready, the going there and the doing things would not be fun. So most of my getting out will be mental trips. So, the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence from the direction I am looking onto, perhaps I just need to look in back or to the side of me and see the same green grass doing well.

    • DELORES on March 28, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      I agree. It’s nice to know we have the option to go out a little more freely, and so nice to hear someone say they care enough to continue to protect others. Sometimes there is a lot of green grass close by!

  4. Nancy Lepri on March 28, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Hubby and I both had our second vaccines the first of the month, which makes us more optimistic about the future. Though we’ve been fortunate because our area hasn’t been hit badly with the virus, I think it’s made everyone more cognizant of what matters most to us…
    famirky, faith, good health and friends. And it also made us realize, there’s no place like home! 😉

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