There's something special about planning and then anticipating a holiday. Whether it's a big overseas trip, long awaited and requiring careful planning and saving, or just a few days away, there is a deliciousness about the time leading up to a holiday.
Perhaps it's the change of pace, the giving up of chores and usual responsibilities, a sense of freedom or just some new scenery and way of spending the day. Regardless of what it is, a holiday can bring us renewal and invigoration. The days leading up to the holiday can be full of hope and anticipation as final arrangements are made at home to ensure things won't fall apart while we're away. The packing - of necessities as well as a few luxuries - can be fun.
Holidays or even a short break away can help us incorporate new ideas, reflect on recent times, even help us re-set our mind and body. We might get a chance to do some new things, refresh our energy through doing some things we like to do but don't usually get a chance to do or simply to give ourselves permission to do nothing very much at all. It seems okay to sleep in on a holiday, to spend money we might not usually spend or to just lie around all day reading a book, listen to music or watch movies. Depending on where we go we might become more energetic than usual. We might even remember to take our camera to capture images to hold on to - or rely on our ever present I-phone's camera.
It could be the sense of having earned the holiday and finally rewarding ourselves for that hard work we've persevered with all year that adds to the pleasure of the holiday. That sense of having achieved what we set out to do, of having overcome challenges along the way, getting through difficult times and now being able to reap the benefits.
There's also something about a change of pace and breaking the routine that is helpful for us to feel renewed. Sometimes we become such creatures of habit that we hardly notice. We get used to one way of doing things, getting on with our lives with blinkers on. A holiday shakes this up, gets us out of that routine, takes the blinkers off.
Then before we know it the holiday will be over and we'll be back to our daily routine, promising perhaps to do some things differently. The best part of the end of the holiday though is coming back home and starting to plan the next one. We can rest assured in the knowledge that the anticipation of the holiday is almost as special as the holiday itself.