Everyone (As In Me) Needs A Break Sometimes. Happy Travels.
I felt really happy yesterday. I got a really good amount of sleep the night before. I usually only sleep 5 hours and that’s good for me. Less than that then I am of no use to anyone. I rarely sleep more than that because I prefer to have a midday nap for 1.5 hours and then sleep those 5 hours. This time I slept a full 9 hours and usually that makes me ill but it didn’t.
I did some writing and had Twitter open of course, with my BLOCK finger always ready to rock; the price of social media hypervisibility as a Black woman. I had a delicious dinner, sauteed spinach and steamed broccoli. So good. However, I ate it so early that I ended up getting hungry later on and eating again.
Then I went window shopping with my baby sister, the one I usually meet up with at least once a week. I’ve mentioned this before in several conversations on Twitter but we prefer to do any shopping that we do close to stores’ closing time. The crowds are smaller and we’re less likely to be harassed. As I’ve mentioned many times, it’s rare that I can be in public space without some unwanted interference. Thus, we went to an outlet and not on a weekend and near closing time. Utter peace. Great window shopping experience. I didn’t buy anything. I don’t need anything.
However, tons of people stopped me to compliment me. Various races, ages and genders. I guess I was looking really good last night. I mean the compliments didn’t stop. No harassment. No inappropriateness. Just “you’re beautiful” or “I love your hair” or “I love your earrings” and stuff like that. Like 12 people total and I was out only for an hour. That was nice.
We then went to the market and my sister got the ingredients to cook a nice shrimp pasta. It was so delicious and we ate it while we watched Scandal together as we usually do.
The best part of my evening last night though was when my baby sister showed me photographs of a recent trip she took. She’s been with her boyfriend since high school so they’re coming close to a decade together. He’s a sweetheart and very smart. They’ve never really taken a trip together. Though their races differ, we have some overlap in our upbringing since he grew up in poverty as well. I was really thrilled that they finally took a trip together. The photographs are so beautiful. They look really happy in them and just lighter, as if a load was lifted for a short while. She was on a very high floor in their hotel so the photographs from the window are great. They’re her personal images so I wouldn’t share them here but it just reminded me that everyone really needs and deserves a break sometimes.
It made me miss traveling. Most of my international traveling occurred between 2004 and 2008 in my 20s though I did a bit in 2009-2011 as well, but domestically. Some of my favorite places that I’ve been to: Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Ibaraki, Montréal, Tulum in Mexico, Nassau, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Washington D.C., Key West, St. Louis, Atlanta, Biloxi, New Orleans, Chattanooga, Houston…lots of cool cities and what not. I know…New York is missing. I honestly have never been but I want to go this year.
I need a break. Since spending travel money isn’t an option right now, I am going to plan a staycation for myself. I just need rest away somewhere. I have long term plans, cash willing, to move somewhere where I experience a major decrease in street harassment and to start saving for international travel again hopefully for 2015, but obviously certain things income-wise makes the latter difficult. But even so, a closer staycation at somewhere soothing and pretty in-state is what the doctor ordered! I want to make this a reality before March is over. I just need several days in a row resting somewhere truly peaceful. It will do me well.