Gym Jorts + More (A Vacation Lesson)





The “+ More”

I have said before that I am the happiest person you know. I am also the most Type A person you know. Carefree and fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants? I’m the opposite of that girl. It is so bad that I don’t enjoy vacations. “What!?” you say. Yes, you heard me correctly. Stopping life to go somewhere else and do nothing productive is torture for me. However, I do it because I know it is good for me (and maybe a lot because my husband makes me). Yes, I just said that my husband makes me go on vacations. I actually DO know how insane these words sound to you. I do.

With that said, my vacation to St. Maarten last week was as wonderful as a vacation can be for me. Below is a picture of me having fun with a new friend on Simpson Bay beach. He was a native to the island and, I think, was babysitting himself while his mom worked at a nearby hotel.

SAM_1299He was fascinated with my camera and made me take about 250 action shots of him; he had some killer water moves, dives onto a raft (makes great padding for landing), jumps, flips, and spin kicks. After each one, he would run to me to see the image on my camera and laugh and laugh with this contagious laugh that can only come from an 8 year old boy. It was awesome.

SAM_1318That afternoon my new little friend taught me an important lesson about the joy of being carefree. And it wasn’t terrible.

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  1. Jill, I am right there with you! I am SUCH a type A it’s ridiculous. I love daydreaming about those carefree vacations, but, like you, I rarely initiate them. 🙂

  2. Colin DeWaay

     /  November 4, 2013

    Definitely not the only person like that, I know many! My wife and I are pretty opposite. I don’t think she’s nearly as bad as you but she’s a big planner and I’m a let’s just see what happens and not plan a thing kind of a guy. She always plans out our whole trip, and we end up doing none of it but if it helps her feel better I let her do it. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this vacation!

  3. I am glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. Funny what we can learn when we just let go a little. Although, no one has to drag me away for some time off, there are other things that I just can not do: dance in the house even with no one watching for one thing… that’s just crazy to me – My husband on the other hand can’t dance but will bust a move if the feeling moves him…LOL

  4. “In the eyes of a child there is joy, there is laughter
    There is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future
    For the lessons of life there is no better teacher
    Than the look in the eyes of a child”
    just remembered this song after reading your story about your little friend…
    happy you enjoyed your vacation.. 🙂


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