Time To “Get Real” Again

Happy September! It’s “get real” time. Kids are back at school, summer vacations are behind us, it’s time to be grown-ups again. I feel like things speed up at this time of year. Not that I’ve had the “lazy days of summer” over the last few months. It’s just that when September hits, we are way past the halfway point of the year, and it’s time to get moving on completing some of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year.

I hope you all had a great summer. My daughter, Carissa, her husband, Ken, and my granddaughters, Savannah and McKenna, just returned from their family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells. They had a GREAT time. It had been two years since they had an opportunity to get out of town for a family vacation. (Last year, they took a “staycation” and worked around the house.) I have never been to the Wisconsin Dells. My daughter told me it was pretty “touristy,” but they had a wonderful time.

My son, Adam, will be taking his vacation here in a couple of weeks (it’s only August 9 as I write this column). He will be making his usual trip to Burning Man over Labor Day. According to Wikipedia, Burning Man is “an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including ‘radical’ inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace.” It started in 1986 and gets stronger every year. Adam has attended many of these over the years, and he always has lots of stories to share when he returns. (I think that Burning Man and the Wisconsin Dells are just like my kids—complete opposites!)

Summer vacations are a great way to build relationships and also to create memories. Some prefer a staycation, where projects get finished around the house or we discover things about Omaha that we never knew. Others prefer a road trip to a lake or touristy destination. Some hop a plane and go to an exotic destination. Regardless, it’s a healthy break from the normal routine. And you know what? Breaks are good. We all need them!

Enjoy the wonderful autumn weather! It’s time to pull out the fall wardrobe and get real! We’ll talk next month.

Positive Thought of the Month

“When all else fails, take a vacation.” —Betty Williams


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