Thursday, March 17, 2011
Vacation. Just what the soon-to-be Dr. Ash prescribed for me. She's my bestie and currently a counselor. Not only does she give me friendly advice but she can't help but throw in some mental health points. Due to the stress that I've currently been under, a little ego bruising, and pressure in different aspects of my life, my bestie said leaving D.C. and partying it up with her would make me feel better. Annnnnnnd boy was she right!
Mardi Gras was amazing! I love New Orleans. I loved the daily dose of relaxing agents...The men (and I'm totally generalizing) are very handsome ;-) The people, okay most of the ones I met, are really nice. The dancing, the food, music, the JAZZ!!! I was happy for days. I lost all track of time for 6 days. Woke up when I wanted, watched the parades, partied, slept when I felt the need, and did it all over again. It felt good not to juggle a job, the hustle, the commute, the other hustle, and everything else. New Orleans, like much of the South, was just chill, slower, smoother. Granted, this was Mardi Gras, but after living in Florida, I know the pace, it is familiar and it is so much more relaxed. It made me question the culture in D.C. and why I'm even still apart of it. Honestly, still thinking on it.
I honestly got sad at thought of coming back home. My bestie said I could stay and though she was playing, I sensed seriousness. I asked her to find me a job. She said with her connects that it's possible. I know it is. But I came home anyway, back to the grind, with no intention to really move to New Orleans. Why? I don't fully know. I know that I've settled a bit in this area now. My personal roots (family, friends, colleagues, associates), though not too too deep, are here. I'm by no means stuck, but I don't necessarily want to start all over some place else. On the flip side, I can though. Either way, now, in this moment I'm here. My bestie told me to carry the feeling I had in New Orleans with me to D.C. because stress can do major harm. That's exactly what I did. I'm interestingly enough more focused (work, hustles), but also a lot more relaxed.
I need more vacations like that. I came back forever changed and I'm thankful :-)