Hope you are enjoying the beautiful May weather, and that you are looking forward to a Happy Mother’s Day!
My April was full of reconnecting and bonding with relatives that I haven’t seen in years, far away in the land of Aussie.
After thirty-three years away from Asia, I gave myself a Mother’s Day vacation across the Pacific Ocean to Australia to attend my niece’s wedding. I tucked my guilty conscience away, and with my husband and son’s approval, I was off to see my favorite cousin Diana (who is only a few years older than me and is more like a sister than a cousin). How rejuvenating it was!
My dear cousin Diana and I were very close. We played and grew up together back in Vietnam. Life had pushed us onto two totally different paths, placing us oceans apart from each other for more than three decades. The last time Diane came to America for a short visit was twelve years ago. We never did have a chance to have a real soul conversation.
Diana married at a very young age and devoted her life to raising two successful, accomplished children and building a restaurant business. She had just gone through a divorce a few years back; it took a toll on her confidence as an independent and free spirited person. She was so appreciative to have me by her side to celebrate her daughter’s wedding with her.
I, on the other hand, took full advantage of this off time to replenish myself with the pollen-free air Australian air, giving myself a much-needed break from the American allergy season! I indulged myself with lots of relaxation, taking time for sightseeing and shopping with Diana, the mother of the bride. With the exception of a few wrinkles on our faces, we felt like we were back to our childhood again.
Diana and I, 34 years ago
And here we are 2012, at the Sydney Harbor Bridge climb and Blue Mountain in the land Down Under
It was utterly crazy to think about leaving my business unattended for this long and having to come back to deal with all the chaos, but I am glad I did it. It gave me a new perspective on life, and it was actually very nice to have no cell phone and to not drive for a few weeks 🙂
Sometimes we get so involved with our day to day work, jobs and careers, that we forgot how important it is to step back, take a breath of fresh air, and do absolutely nothing for a few days (or weeks!). I think it’s especially true for women, as we tend to feel guilty for taking a little “me-time”. So, I urge you, do something nice for yourself this Mother’s Day, and give yourself a guilt free Mother’s Day gift.
You will so glad you did!