I can’t begin to express how relaxing, rejuvinating and peaceful last week’s trip to Costa Rica was. If ever two people needed a vacation, it was us. Between the mornings of sleeping in and the nights drinking ginger ale at the bar with family and friends; the walks on the beach and reading an entire novel in a hammock in a breezy 80 degrees….I could feel the tension slipping away by the minute.
By day number 3, I remarked to CandyMan that I felt more like myself than I had in a long time. Being weighed down with stresses and anxieties and responsibilities has robbed me of some of the most basic parts of who I am. Instead of thriving, I manage. Not all is bad. I smile every day. I still feel incredibly blessed. But I haven’t felt like myself in a long time.
Surrounded by Paradise, no longer the Mom-who-must-hold-everything-together (if only temporarily), I not only decompressed. I bloomed.
On our first full day in Costa Rica, my mother in law and I jumped on a bus with three of the bride’s friends and drove and hour and a half to Palo Verde National Park. There, in addition to a very yummy local lunch, we got to take a boat ride down the Río Tempisque and view wildlife, including iguanas, bats, the famed Jesus Christ lizard, monkeys with big balls, and multiple crocodiles only a few feet away. Yikes!
And that was just before dinner…
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