I had a wonderful weekend. My gift to myself for graduation was a weekend getaway to Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve always wanted to tour Baltimore and stay at the Inner Harbor, so I decided to take this opportunity and make a plan. Due to the chilly weather some of the things I wanted to do will have to wait until the Spring. I toured the Blacks In Wax Museum and it was eye opening. I’ve been to the Wax Museum in DC but this place is completely dedicated to African Americans and Baltimore natives. The innovative and creative talent needed to make this museum possible is simply amazing. I experienced so much emotion viewing the exhibits and sadness for our current state as a people. We have to do better teaching our children to be selfless productive citizens instead of the self-centered materialists we’ve become. I also visited the National Aquarium which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I finished the weekend by seeing Captain Phillips(Tom Hanks is such a great actor).
I’ve never gone away for an entire weekend by myself and I would definitely do it again. Going alone allowed me to do exactly what I wanted to do or not do. I didn’t have to be considerate of what other people wanted to do or be forced to do something I didn’t want to do. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy spending time with others but at this point in my life I need to do some self assessment. I need clarity on who I am and what I want out of life independent of other people. I encourage everyone to take at least one getaway or day by themselves, especially you married folks and parents. You often spend so much time taking care of everyone, but you fail to take care of yourselves. It doesn’t make you selfish or less of a person to need time alone; in fact it helps you rejuvenate and cope with life’s issues. As I continue my journey, I am realizing the importance of slowing things down and not filling my calendar or feeling obligated to people.
Sometimes we just need to block out the static and hit the “pause life” button.