MMP: Honest-to-goodness fun!

by Rebecca A. Watson on June 30, 2014

in blessings, Just Be, life, Monday Morning Pages, Recovery, travel

I just got back from Zürich last night and spent most of today catching up and doing errands, as is usually the case when you go away for the weekend. The trip was quick, but it was such a satisfying time.

We arrived Friday night and got settled in with the friends we were visiting. We stopped by the grocery on the way, picking up Swiss beer and N/A beverages for me and the wife. Rad that she also doesn’t drink — I think she might be my first friend who’s lucid 24/7 as well.

After getting some music going, Ashley suggested that we play charades. It dawned on me that I had never played. Ever. Isn’t that wild? It was so fun and these cats we good, like guessing Milli Vanilli in two seconds. And I’m not exaggerating.

The next day we jumped off a bridge a few times into the Limmat, a river that runs through the heart of the city. It was a blast. Swimming makes me feel like a kid.

limmat swim

Actually, I dove.

limmat dive


We wandered around town, checking out the sights and marveling at cupcakes and high prices. The reason I have no pictures of my own is because I purposefully left my camera at home. Sante took some photos, but he’s out of town so I’ll have to wait to show you.

I picked up a sushi sandwich (yep, it exists) from the grocery and we ate under the trees while it rained, watching swans and boats navigate their way along the shores of Lake Zürich. Apparently you can see the Alps there on a clear day.

lake zurich

Like so.

Then we cooked tacos (CA represent!), played more fun games (have you heard of Dixit? You simply must look at it just for the art) and watched a killer World Cup match.

As I flopped into bed I repeated to Sante what I told him the night before. And what I wrote in my journal as well:

“I had SUCH a good time yesterday! It was SO fun and I really wish I could take [the Limmat] back with me to Freiburg. I realized at the end of Saturday that I hadn’t been preoccupied with life and deadlines and work at ALL the whole time, which is really the point of vacation isn’t it? I just had so much FUN — fun like a kid has! I feel so blessed to have met the people I have here. They are kind and good and interesting.”

This seems to be the theme for the past two years at least. In 2013:

“We did paddle on July 4th –what fun! And what a fun going away party  we had. It was exhausting but I think everyone had a good time.”

In the years previous that I read through, I was just stressed with trying to get everything prepared for camping or 4th of July parties or whatever. And even though last year was insane (we were days away from moving out of our home), we managed to camp in China Peaks and Yosemite before we left. And I had fun. Without worrying about problems or leaving the present moment.

yosemite rebecca half dome

How can you worry about anything with a view like that?

I’m sure that part of it is that I’m learning to manage my anxiety differently and I’m more aware of living in the moment, but I think some of it has to do with not drinking anymore.

While many people seem to have a blast while they’re drinking, it was all I could think about once I started. I was never in the moment.

I could’ve never played charades without worrying if there was enough wine. And I would’ve beat myself up later for the crappy job I did miming Prince. Yes, I really got that one. And I did a stellar air-guitar-sexy-dance. Ha!

I’m just really thrilled that I seem to be figuring this fun thing out. And the more I do it, the more I want to do it, which means I’m buying Dixit for our house. And watching the World Cup game tonight.

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Photo Credits: Andreas LehnerEugene KimWilsons

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

thirstystill July 1, 2014 at 3:27 am

Rebecca, that sounds like such a fun weekend! I’m with you on being able to have way more fun now that I’ve quit drinking, and I know it’s because I’m more present. I love that idea, swimming in the river that runs right through the city. And I know just what you mean–swimming always makes me feel like a kid, too. Hooray for fun weekends and lucid you, and your lucid friend, too! xo

(PS Are you cheering for Germany or the US, or just cheering for all the great teams and players?)


Rebecca A. Watson July 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Thanks TS 🙂 It’s cool to hear that you also are able to be more present without the booze. It’s nice isn’t it? I am cheering for the U.S. first because, well, I don’t want to be a complete traitor 😉 Germany next and then after that I just would like to see a good game. You?


thirstystill July 1, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I had a soft spot for Algeria, but now I’m mostly just having fun watching. It’s easy to like Argentina, but the Germans are awesome, too. Good luck to your Americans this afternoon! xo

Molly L July 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I’ve been feeling this need to get outside more and more recently, and I think this sums up why. Life is so different when you’re interacting with and engaging the world, swimming, hiking, running, surfing, even gardening! I was thinking recently how much our society makes this difficult, we’re made to sit most of the day at work, and a lot of past times are passive…watching tv, movies, using a computer. I think I derive a lot of joy in making the conscious decision to make (more) past time active (some relaxation required). But seriously, your past makes me want to go hang out in Big Sur for 3 days in the river 😉


Rebecca A. Watson July 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Hey Molly 🙂 I think you’re really right, we’re very discouraged from going outside to play from a pretty young age where we’re forced to sit at desks all day. Glad you’re feeling the pull to get back out there and engage with things. Big Sur? You should definitely chill out there for a few days. That sounds lovely!


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