This year I don't want to stay up all night, I wanna sleep in. I don't wanna get plastered, I want to hang out with my parents. Go ahead say it. I'm lame. And yeah maybe I might be. I've done the whole stereotypical spring break with my friends - dancing, drinking, partying until all hours of the night. I want this year to be different. I've had my fun and I'm ready to give myself a real break. You see I'm fortunate enough to go back to a cozy, beach town called Jupiter, Florida. The beach is barely a 5-minute drive from my house. I have two wonderful parents, who I miss and are very excited for me to come home. So this spring break I'm spending it with them. I'm talking backyard BBQs, early morning walks on the beach and late-night movie marathons.
I know that not everyone gets to enjoy their spring break. Some people work and some people don't have a home to go back to. And then there are people who don't like going home. Maybe both their parents work and they don't have friends in their hometown. Maybe their parents stress them out or they don't have a relationship with them at all. For some, it's the first time they can let loose and enjoy themselves for an entire week. The reason behind your spring break plans doesn't matter as long as it makes sense to you.
When I first decided to stay home for spring break the initial 'fomo' (fear of missing out) crept in. I thought I had made a mistake and that my friends were going to do all these cool things without me. I soon realized that what I needed most is a real break, where I could do whatever I wanted or nothing at all. A break where I could get real quality with my parents, who I don't get to see as often as I like. A restful week when I could enjoy the hometown that I miss so much. I'm looking forward to tanning on my back porch and afternoon cuddles with my dog.
While some may think I'm ridiculous for wasting a week of my life back home, to me it sounds perfect. As I get older, I realize that some things are more important to me than others. I have the most amazing memories from lots of wild adventures and late nights with my friends and I'm sure I'll have many more, just not this spring break. My time will be dedicated to my supportive parents who I'm excited to be with this vacation.