One common things that happens are a big event, especially one that’s been building for a long time is a sense of “letdown.”
When I was a kid, I would always look forward to family trips, and I would always feel extremely depressed when the trip was over.
After having some fun in a faraway place, going back home, and back to school really, really sucks.
As an adult, nothing’s worse than that last night before going back to work after a long and satisfying vacation. On the other hand I’ve worked with some folks that didn’t seem to like their families too much, because they always seemed glad to be back at work on Monday morning.
I don’t know about you, but being glad to be back at work after a long weekend is a pretty sorry state of affairs (unless of course you’re glad to be back at work after being unemployed, which is a completely different situation altogether.)
There’s an old saying that “The Road Is Better Than The Inn,” which means that when we anticipate something, it’s usually much better as we imagine it in our minds.
It also means that when we are traveling along the road, we’re actively taking part in getting to the Inn. We’re not standing by the side of the road hoping somebody picks us up and takes us somewhere good.
We’ve chosen a destination, and we’re moving toward it.
Many have said that this specific experience is where ALL the good experiences and relationships stem from.
Being on a path somewhere, moving forward, having a big idea in your mind of how cool it’s going to be when you get there.
When I was a kid I learned that the best way to beat the “posts vacation depression” was to focus on the next big, cool thing that was coming. As a kid, this usually meant the next long vacation (longer than a two day weekend, at least).
But as an adult, we’ve got a lot more flexibility on what we can do, how often we can achieve something, and choose a bigger, more compelling “something” further off in the distance.
Your life, your road, and your Inn.
Everything, is up to you.
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