Tuesday, March 30, 2010

close your eyes

There is this thing that I do when I am stressed out. I close my eyes and take myself back to Bora Bora in French Polynesia. My best friend and I traveled there in April 2008 to celebrate our birthdays and that trip remains the most amazing vacation I have ever taken.

But it is a sunset catamaran ride around the Bora Bora lagoon that floats through my mind's eye when I sit with my eyes closed. I am lying face down on the sail, looking down into the water, trailing my hand through the water, enjoying a breeze across my body and in my hair. I am feeling as far away from home as I have ever felt. I hear the Polynesian band playing behind me. I hear people talking around me. The sun is slowly setting and the colors are amazing. I am smiling, smiling, smiling.

I also like to jump forward to my next trip to experience that calm. So right now, I close my eyes and imagine sitting on my reserved padded lounge chair in the Sanctuary on the Emerald Princess, which is now less than two months away. I don't even care where that ship goes. All I want is to sit on the lounge chair and vegetate.

Close your eyes. Where are you and what are you doing?

4 comments:

J.L. said...

That sounds wonderful, and what a great way to relieve your stress! When I close my eyes, I think of a pier I once went to with my ex-boyfriend on Independence Day. I think I think of that moment the most because it was just so perfect and beautiful with all the fireworks around us and the sun setting. It felt like the weight of the world was taken off my shoulders, and I felt free! The ocean really does the heart some good.

OyaSophia said...

That sounds wonderful, too! It's great that you can recall it at will. That could be useful in those moments when you and he are upset with each other.

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