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?