The vacation eventually ends. The Earth begins to rotate again and the world around you becomes privy of your existence. And just like that everything comes surging back to the surface. Bills, relationships, responsibilities; everything you have been avoiding comes down on you like a torrential downpour of utter misery. Do you grab an umbrella? Do you swim through it? Do you allow yourself to become drenched from head to toe in nothing but sadness and misery? The decision is up to you, but I’m here to tell you that the answer should be no.
The world is a scary place and it gets through to everyone in some way, shape, or form. The first thing you must do is cry. Yes, cry. Let it all out. Buckets and gallons and aqueducts. If you didn’t already know, the actual function of tears is to preserve and hold all of the anxieties and sadness and misery and keep it tucked very neatly in your brain. The more tears you hold back, the heavier the emotions become. So I say cry. Release your body from all of the negativity and emotions. Scream and shout and bang your fists against a pillow, because if you don’t then these feelings will remain within you forever.
Next, I want you to breathe and to not panic. Simple, I know, yet you’d be surprised how little people think when they stop breathing. So, breathe. In and out. In and out. Everything will be okay, because this is just one moment in your life. It doesn’t define you. Your moments of weakness, like the one you’re having right this second, will pass. They will evaporate and cease to exist. You will get through this, I promise you that much.
When the vacation ends, it’ll hit you hard. The world is ruthless and relentless like that. We can’t change that. All we can do is cry, breathe, and take it one small step at a time and know that it will get better. We may not be able to change the world, but we can change how it affects us. Let’s not let it.