I wouldn’t say learned, exactly, but perhaps was strongly reminded of in a less than subtle way.
5 Things I Learned about Myself on Vacation
I Like Need Things Planned
This whole going with the flow thing is for people that are not me. I need to know what we’re doing and when. I want plans solidified. Train schedules plotted out. Museum hours accounted for. Not, this doesn’t apply to my writing, but it does everything else (which is why it still stymies me as to why I can’t be a plotter).
I Like (Need) Things to Be on Time
In my family, if you’re not five minutes (okay, fifteen) early, you’re late. Why yes, my ancestors are German, why do you ask? I try very hard to be on time and ready to go, which I accomplished all the time every time before we had children. Now, I feel like I have to tell everyone we need to leave thirty minutes sooner than we actually do just to have a chance at leaving on time.
And when we’re late anyway? Plans start to fall apart.
Crowds Make Me Edgy
I don’t like crowds. I’ve never liked crowds. Most of my life, I’ve been content to shop first thing in the morning to avoid crowds. Then, internet shopping became a thing, and I could shop whenever I liked without having to talk to a soul.
But every single thing that involves a family vacation also seems to avoid crows. Lots of them.
I Am Not Pleasant When Stressed
Who is, really? And no, breathing techniques don’t work.
Stress Causes Migraines
And these make me even more pleasant! What was the point of this vacation again?