good morning! or good afternoon! or good night! i'm not sure when you're reading this, but i hope that whatever time you're at is a good one.
today i want to talk about stress free living. i was inspired by working at camp this summer. i'm working a couple weeks at a day camp for kids who have autism. i probably talk about it way to often, but i love it so much and i've learned so much from the kids that i can't help bringing it up. anyways, the group i work with goes on a day trip on tuesday. we pack up our lunches,get our 10 kids and 5 counselors, load up the van, and get on our way.
we drive about an hour and a half to get to our destination. when we were driving home yesterday, i started to think about how little stress the whole day brought along. maybe i didn't feel the stress because i wasn't the one in charge of organizing the event, but it was a simple day. all we came with was a backpack and a lunch for each person, a cooler filled with water bottles, and a few extra snacks. we drove for a while, did our activities for a few hours, and then we headed back to camp.
of course, we had bumps along the road and overcame the challenges that come with attempting to get 10 kids to all focus on the same activity at once, but overall, it was pretty smooth sailing.
i remembered back when i was a kid, thinking about how serious i would take one of those trips. whenever my family would go somewhere, we'd make sure to leave as early as possible in the morning and late in the evening to maximize the time we spent that made the drive worth it. we would pack thousands of snacks and various other items to ensure that we had the best day possible.
i loved doing these things with my family (and still do), and my moms ability to plan and execute a summer day trip for 3 kids as well as she did was incredible. i'm thankful that i inherited her ability to plan and organize, but camp made me realize that both kinds of trips are good.
its good to plan, but its also good to take a quick trip on a whim. to know that the long drive is part of the trip, not just the means of getting there. that there's no need to stress about the time you get there or back or about what to do when things don't go according to your plan. that there's no need to get worked up over the details, because nothing is going to change just because you're stressed about it. the time it takes to get somewhere won't change no matter how persistent you are on wanting the beat the time the GPS says. that there will be no difference in the shortage of inconveniences that you're hit with along the way. you can choose to have an uptight mentality about making sure that everything goes to plan, or you can choose to let it go, breathe, and just move forward in the direction and handle problems as they come to you.
choose to live simply. though difficult, stress is honestly a choice. things happen whether or not you stress over them, so just let them be. choose simplicity, not stress.
here's a pic from the drive home :)