What does "vacation" mean to you? Is it going to a crowded place with lots of people and noise? Is it going away by yourself to a solitary retreat? Or maybe it's just staying at home and chilling out with family. We all have different things that relax us. This is especially true if we are introverts or extroverts (introverts recharge by being alone, extroverts by going to parties!). As much as I've tried to be an extrovert in the past, I am an introvert by nature and have come to accept and even embrace that. (Introverts, never fear- we have power! Check this TED talk by Susan Cain, the author of Quiet Revolution.) I finally realized this after feeling drained at the end of many days of work of talking to lots of people - I needed solitary time to feel whole again. But only for a little while- then I want to emerge and be with the fam!
We are on vacation this week in a local Maine town that is virtually shut down (after ski season and before canoeing season). It has been a quiet week. Some would say that this vacation is not exciting, not fun. But with the lack of stuff going on comes also the lack of crowds, tourists and chaos. And that is pretty much perfect for us.
(This picture by the way is NOT where we are right now - if only!)
This week we get the town to ourselves, and have met some fascinating people that we wouldn't have otherwise if there were too many people around. There was the former miner who sold most of his minerals to a local museum and builds wooden toys for a living now (and a treehouse for his grandson!). There was the extremely friendly diner cook/host ("my friend, are you enjoying your cheeseburger?" he asked just about every patron eating lunch yesterday). And the older couple sitting behind us in a Chinese restaurant admiring how we managed to scoop up most of our 12 month old's rice, broccoli and tofu dinner she had gleefully flung on the floor. This couple has got it figured out: they work on the ski mountain in the winter and travel around in their mobile home in the summer (pretty awesome, right?). Tim Ferriss (the 4 Hour Workweek guy) would be proud.
For me, vacations are times to recuperate, rest and relax with family, AND see some new places we haven't seen before. Changing it up and going to a new place (every year on my birthday I go to a town in Maine I've never been to), also keeps our brains agile and breaks the monotony of life. You can try this in your job routine but just taking a different route to work some time (or take the bus! or ride a bike!). Your brain will thank you and you will start to view your job differently. (If you want to REALLY view your job differently, check out a free webinar I'm doing next week that dives into this!).
What do you do to recharge? Leave some comments below, I'm curious to hear!