Years ago a favorite yoga teacher said it takes as long as an event to recover from said event. At the time it applied to my physical recovery from being primary caregiver to a dying friend for 20 months. Of course months passed and eventually I felt like myself again. And then I forgot about it…
Until I came home from 11 glorious days in France. I figured it would take me about 9 days to adjust to the 9 hour time difference. And it was a true nine days before I was not falling asleep at 8:30 pm. But it was exactly 11 days from when I arrived home when I felt the vacation calm leave my body. It was both weird and wonderful.
It was weird as I actually felt the change in my energy. And it was wonderful because I was conscious enough to notice it.
So now 19 days after I came home from a glorious relaxing trip to France I am back on the hamster wheel. I am no longer waking up when it is still dark and drifting off at dusk. Suddenly I have too many things to do in a short amount of time.
Truth be known I knew this was coming. I had seen it on the calendar since January. And I was prepared in many ways and yet one more thing was tossed into the mix and soon I was back on the hamster wheel. Relief is in sight… well really around a corner and down the bend but close enough to be serenading me.
Until then I am unpacking and repacking the Tall Girl exhibit to ship to its next venue, the Park National Bank Gallery at UCClermont College in Batavia Township, OH. I am packing Upheaval #4 to ship next week to the Arvada Arts & Humanities Center in Arvada, CO for the first of 3 exhibits in the next year.
I have finished rehearsing my lecture which I give 4 times next weekend at the SAQA conference in Denver. I have figured out what clothes to take and made a last minute run to the cleaners.
I continue to do my 5 knee exercises, 10 reps, 3 times a day before I see the surgeon when I get back from Denver. I am processing work to take to a new gallery this weekend. And I managed to cram 30 minutes of backstroke and cardio into this morning. Oh and I have an artists’ reception for the 2011 fiber show in Berkeley this evening at ACCI. As well as a half-stitched piece on the machine which I would like to finish this weekend so the remaining stitches resemble the first half. When I finish that I can pack!
Remind me next time I take a wonderful vacation to schedule it during a time of year when nothing else is happening so I can enjoy the afterglow a bit longer…
The top image is a detail of papier mache piece from the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.