Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Lessons I Learned While Cruising
Hello everyone! I am back!
I just got back up to freezing Michigan from my 7 day cruise down to the Western Caribbean. My husband and I decided to get away alone for a little while for the first time since before our son was born. We thought it would be like another honeymoon. Hmmm...not exactly.
It all started with me bawling half of our four hour drive to the Chicago airport as I thought about leaving our son, wanting to collapse at the airport when I realized we forgot our passports, sweating profusely trying to find a way to get our passports down to Florida before we had to get on the ship, and bawling again when I had to say good-bye to our son.
Once in Florida, things seemed to go a little smoother after we received our passports by overnight mail and boarded the ship. Ahhhhh...we were on our way to paradise.
Let's just say that after a few more setbacks, such as a cancelled excursion and disappointing snorkeling, we were not exactly the lovestruck couple we pictured. I will say that things began to look up as we got into the last few days of the trip, but that was only after a few lessons were learned. Let me share -
Even on a vacation and time away from the kiddos, marriage is very hard and takes work! We realized that our relationship had changed, and we were so used to just being mom and dad that we forgot how to be Mr. and Mrs.
A lot of times you don't realize what you have until it is gone. I learned this one in several ways. Often we take for granted the things that are most valuable to us. It is good to sit down and realize what those things are and really appreciate them!
I was also reminded how important my passionate work and this blog's message of healthy living is in our country. There were over 3,000 people on that cruise ship, and I would say that probably 70% of them were overweight, abusing their bodies with too much alcohol and unhealthy food. We were the only ones I saw taking vitamins and supplements, getting our bodies the nutrients they need. I know it is hard to be healthy on a cruise and people like to indulge on vacation, but what I am talking about is a lifestyle. When we don't give our bodies the nutrients they need to work properly, they deteriorate, and we can't function at our best. When harmful chemicals are entering our homes and bodies, our bodies cannot function at their best and flourish. I am not trying to judge anyone, I just know there are so many people out there who don't realize what they are doing to their health. We need to spread this message and help educate! Everyone can do their part in helping their friends and family get healthy!
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you share good health with those you love!