A couple months ago, I made a prediction… Coming out of the pandemic, it would take very little to improve my life. This past week, we put my expectation to the test by taking a mid-week trip.
We drove 75 miles, stayed in a motel overlooking the interstate, ate mediocre takeaway and had a really good time!
The kids were in school, so we hired two favorite sitters to cover for us. Our kids loved it.
Our lead sitter was duly impressed with how the kids had up-skilled themselves during the pandemic.
Each morning started with a trip to 12,500 feet.
Our time together was a reminder of the benefits of an athletic spouse, and how learning new skills can benefit a marriage.
Uphill skiing is a skill we learned as we transitioned out of elite sport.
When we met, we spent a lot of time sharing meals in hotel rooms.
Good memories, which reminded me I have something to look forward to… a future life together.
A happy expectation, 10 years away, is a useful antidote to a dark vision that had been appearing around bedtime each night.
One of last week’s blogs was covered on the drive to the motel. My wife got the long-form version of “using money to opt out of BS“.
The concept is simple but there is a deep human urge to be “proven right” rather than “quietly opt out of drama”.
A effective treatment (for my desire to be proven right) was spending time with preschoolers. A preschooler has no capacity to understand my perspective about what is right & fair!
With little kids, and the child in all of us, it pays to choose peace over drama.
Focus on what works – opting out of drama works.
One of my 2021 projects is less resistance. I lay things out in my blogs and explain them to my family.
I follow my own advice and let it go.
Something I let go of last week was a planned trip to ride up Haleakala. It was going to be my June adventure. My wife wanted us to head to Maui as a couple. Fair enough. I’ll probably be able to make the 10,000 foot climb in a few years.
With each passing week, it’s looking like Colorado’s summer will be fairly normal. We mapped out the next four months for our kids.
Related, Boulder County has 500 open vaccine appointments for today, as I type this on 4/23. I suspect we’re going to start hearing about vaccine-tourism into the US.
If you are still in the COVID smackdown then take heart. You will see rapid improvement once the weather turns and your local vaccine supply ramps up.
If you’re not vaccinated then be careful. We’ve had a three friends get seriously ill in April.
Make time for the people who got you through the pandemic.