Vacation is as good a time as any to learn some life lessons.
Here are some of the lessons I learned. Some practical, some deep, some silly.
1) Unmet expectations are like poison. They can ruin everything thing you do.
2) It can and does rain in the Caribbean, even when people have paid money to go on a sunny vacation.
3) People who set themselves up to enjoy everything do enjoy everything. People who have a list of expectations are always disappointed. I’m regrettably often in the latter group.
4) You can let go of expectations and choose to enjoy yourself.
5) I’m not yet able to put an adequate lesson description to the experience of reading “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered,” from Romans 8, while experiencing incredible luxury and lack of want on a cruise ship. (I think the lesson should probably be that the dichotomy exists everyday, but I fail to feel it as I should).
6) I learned that I live in a bubble. A family with 5 kids seems average size to me. When strangers discovered I was expecting my 4th child, they seemed to think that was anything but average.
7) Sweet fellowship with the family of God (via total strangers) exists on a cruise ship.
8) If your refrigerator has a recall on it, get it taken care of before leaving for vacation, or you may come home to a warm fridge/freezer.
9) Having your fridge/freezer break in the cold Minnesota winter is much better than having it break in the summer.
10) Swimming in the ocean during a downpour and stormy sea is very exciting, until you get knocked over by a wave and sprain your hand. Then it doesn’t seem worth it. (Sorry Tom).
11) Our kids are a blast to have around. I laugh a lot because of them. When we’re gone from them, I miss that.
12) They don’t miss me as much as I miss them. This will probably be true for the rest of my life.
13) There is no one I’d rather go on a cruise with than Mr. Tommy D. He was the sunshine of our trip. I love him a million times more now than I did 90+ months ago when we got married. Spending 10 hours at the airport with him was pure fun.
What have you learned on vacation?