My daughter moved to Malaga on an Erasmus exchange, so it was a perfect opportunity to travel there. I’m a fan of mini- breaks, the change in scene is invigorating and refreshing. Just the word ‚holiday‘ makes me smile inside and out, releasing endorphins- those ‚happy hormones‘. It also made a positive end to the recent recovery phase.
When the ‘cheerleaders‘ heard- about the plan they checked schedules and booked the trip too. It’s such a compliment to commit to spending a weekend away together in these busy times. I was thrilled about the opportunity to connect with them and my daughter and her new friends. Presence is the best present.
Once there, I was stuck by how our bodies relaxed and took on the easy gait of the Southern European and we smiled more. We asked ourselves what we would most like to do each day and then did in pairs or all together or alone. We shared stories old and new and laughed a great deal. One evening there was yoga in a square, and it was one of my happiest memories to roll out a mat and share some breaths and asanas with strangers yet feel a deep connection with them. There were young and old, men, women and kids united in deep breaths and saluting the warm Spanish sun. At the end we all held hands and chanted Om – which translates as the sound of the universe – and indeed all felt right with the world. And I thought we owe it to ourselves whether we are fit or not to spend time with people we love doing things that make us happy. We don’t have to wait for the next holiday or mini break we can bring elements of the holiday feeling into everyday. Make plans with ourselves and loved ones to do things that make us smile. Today.