Yesterday I booked our first sunny vacation since I was 24 years old – I am now 48 years old. 24 years since I had a real vacation – that is insane!! When people ask me why it has taken me so long to go on vacation, I think to myself, how many times have you complained because the person you had to sit beside on a plane took some of your seat? That is why it has taken me so long. For years I wouldn’t even consider a holiday just to avoid the humiliation. I remember flying to Victoria to come to look at houses and calling my friends at the Prince Rupert airport and asked them to fix the seating so Mitch had to “share” with me. I actually think everyone should travel regardless of all these things, life is to short to not live life to its fullest regardless of your body type or size but unfortunately, and screw the complainers, but I did not do well with these types of things at that point in my life.
I will never forget in 2015 when I had lost the majority of my weight I was asked to fly out to Ontario for on a one-week recruiting tour for my work – walking through the Toronto airport feeling free of those negative demons and super excited to be on the other side of the country for the first time in my life – BEST FEELING EVER!! Later that year, I ended up winning a trip with a few others through Brook’s Running and got to back to Toronto for the second time in 2015. Super awesome, I got the winter and summer experience, what a great city!
Fast forward to today, I am going on my first vacation in 24 years and I don’t have one give a Fu$k about anything. This will be my first vacation in my life that I will be able to confidently wear a bikini. It will be my first vacation that I didn’t worry about the seats on a plane, in the restaurants, poolside… That shit used to consume me!!
So it’s times like this when I remember why I make the choices I make day-to-day. It’s times like this that I am so thankful to myself for waking up 5 years ago ready to do the work. So that when these spur of the moment events present themselves, I can now embrace them, I don’t have to think shit- I have to crash diet for the next week – nope business as usual and just go have fun. Now I just wish my budget would allow for more of this because I have no doubt I will have the travel bug after this one-week sampler of the Riviera Maya and I have a lot of years of missed opportunities to make up for. Maybe my next job should be a vacation blogger??? 🙂