Saturday, 14 April 2012

Health Writer's Month: My Dream Week

Wego Health:
Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge
Today's Health Writer's Month topic is:

My Dream Day. Describe your ideal day. How would you spend your time? Who would you spend it with? Have you had this day? If not – how could you make it happen?

My ideal day?  Hard to think of just one day.

Let me tell you about a really special week I had some years back.
(Sorry, I can't give you the actual photos - they were on a computer that died - no back-up oops!)

The Pacific Sun
Thanks to the wonder of the internet - I can give you a picture of the ship. Yes, my really wonderful week was when I took my kids on a cruise.

I know some people will yawn and go "so what?" but for me this was exciting.

Firstly, it's the only time I've ever been out of Australia. (OK we went all the way to Port Villa and Lifu and Noumea - such a loooooong way.)  Secondly, I booked it two years ahead and that's how long it took me to pay for it.

So we went on this awesome cruise almost five years ago. (I know because my passport's about to expire.)

It was the second holiday I'd taken the kids on after my divorce, the first had been a week at the Gold Coast. It was a time to celebrate that we were free to just be ourselves, and to do things we'd never dreamed we'd be able to do.

Between that first holiday on the Gold Coast, and our overseas cruise, I had been diagnosed with lupus.  I still wasn't really sick, but everything I'd read and learned told me I could become incredibly sick indeed. So this trip was to make the most of my relatively good health - because I did not know how long I would stay healthy and I wanted to make some very special memories with the kids.

So for a week, we ate great food that I didn't have to cook, we went to shows, we had someone else make our beds, and we visited places we'd never seen. We saw snippets of other cultures (yes, only the bits put on display for tourists, but at least something to remind us that the world is bigger than the little part of it we see every day.)

For people who take overseas holidays regularly, this probably all seems pretty boring. But for me, a week doing fun and interesting things, with my two favourite people (my darling children), it was the absolute best!

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