I could barely sleep last night and my roommate thinks I've it. Why? I'm going on vacation! Meaning I will not have to work for the next four days, I will be special, and the world is pregnant with possibility! What will I do; sail, swim, ski, hike, eat, drink, read, relax, sleep-in... over ambition looks like long runs, extensive hikes, camping, volunteering, reading 10 books, winning a volleyball tournament or fishing contest, bonding with everyone at the resort/hotel etc.
When I imagine myself on vacation, I'm Mariah Carey from her Honey music video, minus the mafia nonsense. Summer vacation is just about the best think in the entire world! Even as a child I was enamored with summer vacation, School's out for Summer, stay up late, sleep in, get in trouble, do it all over again. Why are vacations so important? Do they keep us from killing each other?
Obviously vacations are a form of luxury and complaining about them is the the essence of "first world problems." It always amazes me, that in this sacred and brief time dedicated to vacationing, how weird and crazy things can get...examples being Disney World or Cruise Ships or say a GIANT MUSIC FESTIVAL. John Hugh's nails this dynamic between utopia and purgatory in his The National Lampoon's Vacation movies, where he exemplifies the great dynamics of a vacation. Like you, I myself have had quite the adventures in vacationing, where now (just before leaving to go to the lake) I can only think of the good, but I know all too well the sweet is never as sweet without the sour. How could I have ever imagined.....