On Island Time

Rum Point, Grand Cayman - Photo credit: Slack12

Rum Point, Grand Cayman – Photo credit: Slack12

There’s a difference between traveling and vacation. Traveling is when you visit a place with the intention of sightseeing and doing things. Vacation is a break, both mental and physical. This could be on a beach, in the mountains, wherever. The problem with any break from work and our daily lives is that we usually have to get a million and one things done before we leave, and then when we get back we’re scrambling to play catch up for the time we were gone. That doesn’t sound relaxing to me.

With a vacation the relaxation part should be the top priority. Going to a place where your phone doesn’t work, or even better, doesn’t get wifi, can be a much-needed break. Disconnecting from the world from time to time is a good thing. Don’t worry, the internet will still be there when you get back. The biggest decision you should have to make on any given day on vacation is what to eat and drink. That’s it. Shut your brain off and just be.

If you’ve ever been to anywhere in the Caribbean there’s an expression called “Island Time.” It basically means we’re not in a hurry to do anything. It’s not that they’re lazy, but rather it feels more like these folks are living in a Jack Johnson song. Slow down everyone, you’re moving too fast. Take it all in. Experience your life.

You may have heard the story about the fisherman and the businessman. The point of the story is that some people are so driven by this notion of success that they can’t see or appreciate the world around them. The businessman thought that the fisherman was underutilizing his skills and time. Yet the end result gets him back to where he was already: happy. Why do more when you can do less and have the same end result? That’s just work for work’s sake.

The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry. There’s something to be said about slowing everything down. We’ve gotten ourselves so busy. Everyone’s just so damn busy. I’m guilty of it myself. But are we really that busy, or do we create these obligations, situations, and stressors ourselves? Whatever happened to unstructured time?

Take a breath. Slow down. Take in the scenery. Chew your food slowly. Be social offline. Go outside and play. Smile more. Laugh more. The island is waiting.

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