I have a lot of places in this world that help me tap into the spiritual side of wellness. I love to hunt and be in the woods. I also love to fish and float clear, cold Ozark streams. Still, there is something magical about the Gulf of Mexico and this tiny, out-of-the-way island I am standing on that makes me feel as if I have stepped back in time 50 years. It makes me happy.
The moment I see the blue-green water, anything that was bothering me mere seconds before seems to disappear. As my toes squish into the sand and the smell of the salt air hits my nose, worry is replaced with joy. Finally, as the sun begins to set with the wind blowing through my hair as the waves crash into the shoreline, it sounds like a symphony about to hit its crescendo. I feel something massively bigger than myself. I feel peace. There are many amazing places on this earth and this is one of them.
Plan: We aren’t just talking about marking some dates on a calendar. The happy place I am typing from right now isn’t exactly cheap which brings into play the financial wellness component. Budgeting and saving so you can get your toes in the sand or on a Colorado mountain top is absolutely essential. If you don’t consciously make an effort to save for your trip, that trip may never happen. Plan to get to your happy place. As often as possible.
Phone Video: The little video you watched above is an easy way to visit your happy place anytime or anywhere you wish. I have several little videos of various sunsets and moments stored on my phone so no matter where in the world (or work day) I am, I can instantly visit my little island for a 30 second break from reality. Trips are expensive and you may not get to your happy place on an annual basis. A short video allows you to visit (at no cost) anytime you wish.
When we were kids we could get lost in our own imagination but somewhere along the trail, we have forgotten how to do this. All the more reason we all need our personal happy place; A magical place to get lost, to feel like a kid again and to dream. It’s out there. Where is your happy place?
Stay well, my friends,