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My Staycation in the Void

Everyone has a word that they can’t stand. One of the most common culprits is “moist.” (If you hate that word… then I apologize for making you read it just now.)

For me, that word has always been… “staycation.”

Right now, the year 2020 is laughing and laughing. Because guess what–everyone is having a staycation!

Including me.

*Insert groan*

Now, here’s the thing. I understand why some people choose staycations. Maybe money is tight. Maybe there are responsibilities at home that can’t be given breaks.

Maybe a stinkin’ pandemic strikes….

Ahem.

The point is, I get why they exist, as alternatives. But I’ve never understood choosing a staycation when there is so much of the world to explore! So many new experiences! Exciting cultures! Pages upon pages of the story that is humanity, waiting to be read–

And you stay at home?

Nope. Don’t get it. If that’s your thing, no judgment, but it just doesn’t make sense to me. Hence why the word “staycation” is so cringeworthy.

But this year, I didn’t have a choice. It was staycation or… well, nothing.

So my husband and I decided to take the week to be lazy. COVID-19 means stress is about as abundant as… well… COVID-19. If we were going to have a staycation, then we were going to do it right.

By doing nothing at all.

I know what you’re thinking. Wow, Sarah. A blog about how you and your husband did nothing for a week. How thrilling.

But stay with me: Yes, we did nothing…. Except watch a movie together we’d been meaning to see for ages; enjoy a trip back to yesteryear with original Pokemon episodes; play board games; challenge each other in old Spyro video games; and go on evening walks uptown.

We did nothing. But somehow, we found a whole lot of somethings. We found time together (which is unfortunately rare with our busy schedules). We found competition and laughter. We found relaxation and nostalgia.

Right now, there is a lot of nothing going on. Trips have been cancelled. Major life events–like weddings and graduations–have been postponed or transformed so that they are nearly unrecognizable from tradition. Many kids who would be going back to class are having to adjust to homeschooling.

Plans have changed. Life has changed. And those changes have left some voids.

We have two choices: We can stare into the void (knowing full well that it stares back) and be intimidated by the nothing lurking there.

Or we can fill it, just like we have all of our lives.

True, we don’t normally have a pandemic to worry about. But we fill “nothings” all the time. The blank page. The empty silence. The uncharted map.

Finding something in nothing is what we’ve always done. It’s what we’ll always do. The rules are different right now and it is, admittedly, a lot scarier. But it is possible.

Even if you have to take a… ugh… staycation… to make it happen.

Copyright Sarah Davidson 2020

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