Posted On September 5th, 2014
In developing Creative Countdown, I've come to realize that I have a need to count down to the various events in my life. I'm not talking about some obsessive compulsive need with a timer ticking off in my head. I'm just talking about a tendency to always be counting down to something fun that's coming up.
I asked my husband if he's ever noticed that I begin imagining (scheming) our next getaway within a couple weeks of returning from a vacation. He smiled. We've been together a decade. I know that with him, that's a 'yes'.
It's not that I don't love and enjoy my life. My little family is perfect; I hit the jackpot of great work environments; I love my home and I have neighbors whom I adore. I'm not bored. I don't have time to be. I have a full time career, a husband and two year old who gets 100% of every waking moment I'm not at work, I trained and ran three half marathons this past year (though you wouldn't know it if you saw me) and of course am a partner with Creative Countdown. Dreaming up an e-commerce company and bringing it to reality with late nights and during weekend nap-time is no small feat. My point. Who has time to be bored? Heck. When I look at it on paper, I wonder how I have time to think?
I don't have to do much soul searching to know why I enjoy having something to count down to. I like to have something to look forward to. To me, everything from the mundane to the stressful is bearable when I have an escape in my sites. I want to capture the anticipation. Savor it like a good wine. (Heinz made a fortune selling anticipation, right?) For me, the event (or the trip), is never as fun as the anticipation. It's like the anticipation of a Christmas gift that's been sitting under the tree. The buildup is wonderful, a gift in itself. Who cares that it ends up being a pair of socks?
The anticipation of our vacations is always better than the vacations themselves. I imagine relaxing, sleeping in late, and exploring new sites with my husband and son. My anticipation never includes the fact that my child will not sleep as well in a strange bed or that he'll be cranky with all the changes in his routine. The vacation I anticipate is absolutely perfect.
Oh yeah. I feel the need to mention...... We're 9 days out from our road trip down to Jacksonville (and then Disney). It's going to be a great one. I can't wait.