I am travelling to the wonderful city of Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, for a week of HR training.
My reaction? Ecstatic! I am simply delighted. What’s not to like? I look forward to the simple pleasures of life like getting a full night’s sleep without the persistent interruptions from my lovely toddler. I get to eat unhurried, uninterrupted meals cooked for me but not by me – a luxury that I can scarcely remember when last I enjoyed.
It gets better. For six glorious days, I will be able to return to my hotel room from work and unwind in the truest sense of the word as opposed to rapidly trading my work hat for my housework hat as is the norm for me 5 days a week.
To say the least, I am very delighted. For me, this could qualify as an exotic vacation. Best of all, I am packing for one instead of four and no chasing around bored children at the airport. This time around, I will retain my chic and professional poise as I read a book or a magazine. Pure bliss!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my family deeply and I cherish time spent with my loved ones. It goes without saying that I will miss them dearly for the few days I am away from home, but I have come to realize that sometimes, a little time away can be a very welcome change. It can be a time to reflect, to center myself and recharge my batteries. I can then return refreshed, reinvigorated and excited to return to my loved ones.
Lest I forget, guilty pleasure number one has me smiling in the middle of the day and rubbing my knuckles in sheer delight . . . evening phone calls to my hubby.
Usually my hubby does the travelling so this is a role reversal for us – I like to think of it as payback time. The plan is to call him in the evenings just when he should be all worn out and weary from all that housework and settling bouts of sibling squabbles. As he tries to multitask and balance the phone between his ears and shoulder blades, I will lean back into the comfort of my fluffy hotel pillows, take a sip of my cool drink and purr, “So dear, tell me all about your day with the kids.”
A very wise woman once said to me “It’s OK to be selfish – we’ve got to take care of ourselves and sometimes, time away from others is just what is called for.”
This is one of those sometimes for me.
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