And if you are unfortunate enough to have to spend your holiday surrounded by people of that mindset, all you hear is how their holiday is ruined because of a little bit of rain, or how they still need to drop an extra kilo, and how they only have an x amount of days left and they didn't get to do half of the things they had planned.
Monday, 30 June 2008
The best things in life
When the people from work told me earlier this year that I had to have my summer holiday in June, I was gutted. June tends to be rainy and rather chilly in Finland. As my holiday is about to end, I look back at this past month as one of the loveliest experiences I have had in a long time.
For whatever reason, as a lot of people have been saying that the weather has been crappy, I have truly enjoyed the wide range of weather conditions: from +25 and sunny to +15 with hail storms. The best bit about this holiday has been the fact that I haven't actually done anything. I have slept in a lot, gone for walks and bike rides, done picnics, spent time with friends and family, watched football. That is, really simple stuff, but for some reason having spent my holiday like this feels very meaninful.
I have been told many times that I lack vision and that I should have more goals in life. I am always at a loss when people ask me what I intend to do with my life. What is there to do with one's life, really, but to live it and enjoy it?
This June I have done things that I enjoy the most: just being, living, observing, being a part of the big wheel we call time and space.
Speaking of space, the fact that hardly anyone else has had their summer holiday in June, has been quite wonderful. In July and August the streets and the beaches are packed with people who have all sorts of tasks to perform during their holiday: getting a suntan, losing weight, hoarding all sorts of experiences, doing sports, shopping. They tend to have a set timetable in order to make sure that all the tasks are performed optimally. Everything is scheduled in weeks in advance.
Well, I have been fortunate. The best part of all of this is just because I am going back to work tomorrow, it doesn't mean that I have to stop doing any of the wonderful things I have been doing lately. What more could one ask for?