I was greeted by a beautiful deep blue sky and the fading orange light of the setting sun as I made my way out the doors of Perth Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
The past couple of days back at home have been pure bliss. The early morning silence that hasn’t been interrupted by blaring alarms telling me to get up for work. The comfort of waking up in my own bed, at an hour of my choosing. Getting up and having all the time in the world to sit and savour that first coffee of the day. A welcome return to sunshine, after a few miserable looking days in Melbourne. Making myself a decent lunch instead of the 2 minute toasted sandwich that’s become one of my diet staples lately. Sprawling on the couch in front of a movie in the afternoons, with all the time in the world to do so.
Having this time out over the past week has given me a much needed break.
When I think back on the first quarter of this year, it feels like a blur. I remember lots of rushing, lots of thoughts swirling in my head, lots of grumbling, lots of exhaustion and hardly enough time to just be.
I can’t remember the last time that I haven’t been constantly thinking about work, diabetes, today, tomorrow and all of these things that I haven’t done – and yet this break has given me just that.
My Easter weekend kicked off with far too much food last night when we had Mum’s side of the family over for dinner. Over the coming days, there will be more food, chocolate, espresso and other sweets. While times like these have proven to be a challenge with type 1 diabetes, I do genuinely believe that it’s something that I have become better at navigating my way through over time – without having to give up the chocolate.
Over these past few days, I’ve also been thinking a lot about how I can extend these relaxed holiday vibes into the other 51 weeks of the year. Because all of those other elements that contribute to my mindfulness and wellbeing, are ultimately what I will need in order to continue to manage my diabetes to the best of my ability.
I hope you are able to enjoy some time out this Easter weekend, too.
Wishing you a very happy, and safe Easter break. With lots of chocolate, of course…