I am one of the many people who have a demanding computer programming job that basically sees them spending their entire day at the office. This robs me of a social life. I barely see my friends, let alone go on dates or even have a stable girlfriend. Seeing that I am partly responsible for my lonely life, I decided to go on vacation at the end of the year and particularly around the festive season. This year, I will be dedicated to rebuilding my social life and knowing how to strike a healthy balance between that and my work life.
On December 23rd, my official leave began. It felt so good sleeping in and actually not being in a hurry to get somewhere. I spent my afternoon calling up friends and basically setting dates for catching up. I feel clueless on what's up with the world and my friends. With the excitement of my freedom, we all agreed that we should take a 4-day trip. That would allow us ample time to catch up, relax and have fun. My friend Ron was telling me he purchased the best inflatable kayak he's ever had and he really wanted to use it again.
Two days later, we all got ready for the long awaited camping trip. We had planned for quite a lot in terms of activities. There was absolutely no way I was going to let that opportunity go to waste. In life, you sometimes have to give in order to gain. In this case, I offered to foot a big chunk of the expenses since my friends were actually doing me a favor by playing along with my plans. On this day, we drove to the camping site, set up tents, built a fire, shared lots of stories and called it a night.
The next day I was so excited as we had everything set up for kayaking. I had bought an inflatable kayak the week before, based on my conversation with Ron. The thought of being surrounded by water, paddling and basically having a fun moment with my friends is more than I could have ever asked for. There was literally nowhere else I wanted to be than right there, on the water with my friends. We rested in between, had lunch and then got back in there for even more kayaking. To date, this was one of the best days of my life. It had perfection written all over it.
On our last day of camping, there was no better way to wrap up the immense fun and bonding we'd had than to go fishing. Thanks to Brad, the perfectionist, we'd packed everything we needed in advance. In the wee hours of the morning, we dressed for the occasion, got our fishing gear out and headed out to the pond. We were clearly struggling to be quiet because we are really a loud bunch. Our sacrifice finally paid off with two medium sized fish that we had for lunch later on.
We headed home later on that evening and I had never felt so accomplished. My vacation was going better than I had imagined and I cannot wait to have more of them in the future. We are going bungee jumping next weekend and then I have to prepare to go back to work.