I am back from my vacation, and it was the shortest vacation in the history of holidays. We spent more time on the road than at our destination. Let’s just say crazy things happened to cut it short, and leave it at that. I’ve always seen traveling as a necessary evil, and the only thing that really makes a place work for me is the people. And the one thing that makes a place not work for me is, well, once again, the people. I learned some lessons from this trip:
- The best vacations can be at home, with the computer turned off and a good book to cozy up with.
- There is nothing like a relaxing 5 days at home to fix my sleeping schedule.
- Family members playing mind games help put life, indeed your own life, into perspective.
- When something doesn’t feel right, leave. Knowing when to quit does not just make you a quitter, it makes you a wise quitter. There might be fewer pictures to show for the quitting, but at least you don’t have to be put on tranquilizers or a suicide watch to reach a normal state of mind.
- Driving for twenty-five hours, peering this way and that for traffic cops, is nothing compared to being put through the mental and emotional wringer for 5 hours.
My mother reminded me of an anecdote of Sayyidina Umar رضي الله عنه in which someone told him that so and so was a really wonderful person. To that, Sayyidina Umar رضي الله عنه responded to the effect of, “If you have not traveled with him or done business with him, then you have no idea how wonderful he really is.” And of course, we should not speak of that which we do not know. Alhamdulillah, I had the best of traveling companions in my mother and siblings. And that really made the long and lonely roads so much easier to bear.
That was my vacation. I have been soaking up the comfort and peace of my bedroom for the better part of the last week, and hopefully the only other place I ever go again will be Hajj or Umrah. This vacation completely killed the desire for any more travel, near or distant. Vacations aren’t about a destination, they are about peace of mind. I’m fortunate to be able to attain quite a bit of peace of mind in my own home. No need to get all greedy and attempt to find it elsewhere as well!