Is there somewhere that you like to vacation that just feels like a second home? A place where you long to be when the days are busy and stressful? I think we all have that get away that we just love. My husband and I sometimes lay in bed after a busy day and talk about our favorite destination just so that we can wash away the cares and worries in our minds. Isn’t it great that we can take a little time out from all of the stress that day to day life brings to us. No matter if your favorite place to be is at a destination hours away or in a small little reading corner of your home, it’s nice to just be still and dream.
Several years ago I had a coworker whom became a great friend. She was quite a few years older than me but, so full of knowledge and stories. Her name was Bernadette and she was born and raised in France. In her 20’s she met an Army man with whom she fell in love with. Eventually she moved America where she married her man in uniform. Over the 8 years that we worked together she shared many stories of her home country. Her french accent was so strong that many times I would not understand the words that she was trying to say but, I didn’t care. I found myself looking forward to our lunch hour sitting together while I listening so intensely. It was almost like a book on tape. So many times I would close my eyes and just visualize the scenes in France as she explained them. The passion that she had in her voice just exploded with love for her home country. Many times she would refer to it as her favorite place to be. To this day, 12 years later, I miss those talks and I miss my friend.
Isn’t it interesting what people fall in love with at their favorite places? I know that you are wondering about mine. Now, I live in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. I personally think this is one of the best places in the world to live. We are a stones throw from so many beautiful places. We have so many areas to hike, bike, explore, and be at peace. Although I love my mountains, my favorite place to be is Hilton Head, South Carolina. Yes from the mountains to the ocean. For me it’s a little slice of heaven. Here’s the kicker, as much as I love the ocean, I literally don’t get in above my calf. I can’t swim. In fact I am scared to death of water. To me there is nothing like just sitting in the sun, feeling the ocean wind, and taking a walk on the edge of the water with no more than my feet and ankles submerged.
If you’ve ever visited Hilton Head you know that it is not near as crowded as some other beaches. That’s a plus for me because I’m just not in to crowds. It is an island which makes it very easy to travel from place to place on a bicycle. There are bike paths literally everywhere. All restaurants and shops have bike racks out front. I also love that you can ride on the beach. Hilton Head has such a calm, laid back, private feel that I truly don’t want to leave. The “special” of Hilton Head to me is deep rooted as it is where my husband proposed to me. It was completely romantic but, that’s a story for another time.
Now that you know my favorite place to visit/be, what is yours? Where is the one place that you go to in your mind that takes away all of the cares of the day. Where do you go that you begin the “countdown” months earlier? Where is your favorite place to make memories? I encourage you to think about it. Talk to your significant other about your memories in your special place. It’s a great way to start a conversation and to move away from negative. Please feel free to comment your favorite place to be. I love hearing stories about your adventures. Happy thoughts and a blessed evening to you. ❤️Always