I like myself better when we’re traveling. Greg and I haven’t been on a long camping trip since our Honeymoon (3 weeks in the Southwest) and I had forgotten/not realized/not known how much more relaxed, happy, and pleasant to be around I am when we’re on the road.
Little things don’t bother me. Even big things, such as breaking down at a truck stop in Laramie, don’t make me stressed and anxious. I snap at the kids less. I grump at Greg less. I feel more engaged in each moment.
When we do weekend camping trips, I honestly find it to be less than relaxing. I still have fun but camping is a lot of work and when I’m stressed from work . . . well, it’s hard to let it go for just two days. Last summer, when we did our week in Sequoia, I felt some of what I’m feeling now but with this long trip, it’s pretty amazing how I have changed. like the person I
I’d hate to ask my family who they like better . . . but I know who I like better . . . Camping Liza. So, the question is, how do I carry this positive, can-do, I won’t get thrown by life, whatever, let’s just solve the problem and get ‘er done attitude with me when I return to real life . . . because unless we start buying lottery tickets in every state, I will be returning to real life and I don’t want to be as stressed and irritable as I know I was this last year. I’ll think on it . . .