As I sit here, nestled in the Italian mountains, with a view only one would imagine on a postcard, I reflect on how truly lucky I am to be here. It’s my third vacation this year, and to be honest, I’m feeling a little guilty for it….with work, I am quite lucky, as I get a lot of holiday, and I’m making the most of this time to rest and see the world…or so I keep telling myself…
When my mum suggested we visit Tuscany, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go with her and my dad. It’s quite far up on my bucket list, so I’d be stupid not to take the offer to join them! I feel like we’ve seen so much of this beautiful country already, and we’re only on day 3 of our week here! We’ve explored Pisa, eaten pizza and copious amounts of fresh pasta. Sipped on the tastiest coffeee and explored local villages, nestled in the mountains, where we have been welcomed with open arms. Admittedly though, amongst all of that, I’ve found it really hard to switch my mind off, and into holiday mode. My life, at home, is very go, go, go with work and half marathon training, that I’m struggling to lay back, switch off and relax. I’ve managed to read two books, but still can’t loose myself in the story or ‘the now’. Restful periods, like this, don’t come around often in my book, so I know I should be making the most of it.
A fitting event, that happened last week, was Usain Bolt retiring from his athletic career. He’s inspired me and many others, for years, to believe in yourself and that you CAN achieve anything you set your mind to. Regardless if anyone, including yourself, tells you, you can’t or won’t make it. One of his quotes, “learning the mind is as important as understanding the body”, has stuck with me. Both your mind and body are extremely strong, in many ways, and I’d say the mind is an area I have yet to fully understand. When I first started my training, and still to this day, I learnt a hell of a lot about my body…what it can and can’t do, what it likes and dislikes, how strong it can be when you push it. All of which count for the mind too. If you let it, it can rule you, and it’s something I’m learning to fight back, more and more. This goes for switching off too. I think all the time about what I have to get done and when, what’s next in my training and also what my week in general has in store for me and so much more.
So, having read this quote about a million times, as well as look out to the peaceful scenery that graciously stared back, its made me realise that now is the time to just stop. Switch off. Enjoy these few days laying by the pool in the sun, with a good book. The local cuisine and wine, and deal with next week when it comes. To just stare at this beautiful country and all it has to offer, because I may never have the chance to come back. And I know I will regret that later on.