When reflecting upon this summer, I once again did a classic Ava move. If you are unfamiliar with this, let me paint you a picture that I think you will be able to relate to. During periods of time where I have multiple projects, activities and goals in play, I tend to get hyper focused on partaking in actions that will push the needle further towards reaching my goals. However, one of my greatest faults is not knowing when to close my laptop or set down my project to go to a beach on a beautiful summer day or to join my family for a hike.
By being so engrossed in my work, I find I miss out on the activities that make life, well, life! This realization came into full view this past week when I was forced to de-plug by going on an incredible trip with my boyfriend’s family to Platoro, Colorado.
Now this wasn’t any regular summer vacay where I could post my little Snapchats or glamorous Instagram photos of being a “true hiker gal”. No, no, no, the beauty of Platoro (which is an old mining town near Antonito, Colorado) is that there is absolutely no cell service. By being in this environment, you are truly one with your surroundings and it is amazing. Being so secluded and having no ability to check your email or social media, you become so in tune with the present- something I desperately needed.
Now having been back for almost a week, I have this newfound outlook on how I want to approach the rest of the summer (and life for that matter). Yes, I will still continue to work towards my goals and obtain the results I am working for. However, by setting time aside to go to Miramar Beach or to take a walk on a beautiful summer evening or to just to sit down to dinner with my family and catch up on everyone’s day are moments that will not last forever. These are the moments that need to be seized upon.
We all must learn to take more pauses, to further connect with those around us and partake in activities that we can’t do all year long. There will always be time to work but there won’t always be time to create the moments that make life worth living for. I encourage all of you reading to try to set aside time to do something for you this summer that truly immerses you in the present.