The lake is my happy place.
My parents have a lake house on Lake Michigan and it is heaven to me. We grew up going there and have many happy memories spending summers at the beach. Now, as an adult, I like to sneak away there as often as I possibly can to escape the hectic pace of life and recharge my batteries.
I think technically I’m an introvert who likes to do extroverted things. I love being social and hanging out with friends, but at the end of the day all I want are sweatpants, our couch, and Tom. My mom once explained to me that people are like batteries. Introverts lose their charge when they are around others and recharge when they are by themselves. Extroverts, by contrast, recharge by spending time with others and are drained by being alone.
Like I said, I really love spending time with my friends. I love chatting and laughing and making great memories. I feel full of love after spending quality time with those who matter to me. But after a while, I’m tired. I feel drained. My heart may be full but my brain is wiped.
Is this a bad thing? I don’t think so. I think it’s just me. It’s how I operate. And I don’t think I’m alone. Often time Tom feels this too. Which is why we love escaping to the lake. Any weekend (especially during the summer) you’ll likely find us there. Relaxation and rejuvenation are key.
It’s like a little peaceful oasis for us. And it helps that it’s only an hour from the city. We like to listen to a podcast or check out new music on the ride there. Once we arrive I immediately gravitate to the beach. I can’t get my swimsuit on fast enough! We also like to grill out, go for long morning runs, and relax our muscles and minds in the hot tub. Sounds like heaven, right?! It is.
I love this place so much. I love the beach, the sand, the sun. I love that the lake house is approachable and comfortable and lived in. Nothing is off-limits. People track sand through the house and towels are hung everywhere. Most people can’t stand sand in their bed sheets but I love it. It means I’m at the lake!
What is your happy place? Where do you like to recharge your batteries? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What do you like to do to unwind?
This week I’m trying to relax at the beach in Florida before the craziness of May begins (busy time at work). Mom and I have been working hard to redecorate our condo, but I’m planning on spending some serious time in the sun to relax and unwind! Wish you could relax here with me, it’s heaven!