I hope everyone is having a relaxing and restful Sunday! This weekend was the first official weekend back at our camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, which is so exciting! I’ve been coming to the lake for years, even when I lived back in Pennsylvania, but this is our first summer having our very own place. We bought our little camp back in the fall, and spent a bit of time there then, but I am so excited to be able to go there during the warmer months as well.
We are still cleaning things out from the previous owner and moving our own things in at this point, but it was so amazing to be able to spent some time out there during all of the great weather we had this weekend! On Saturday I spent a few hours down by the dock, listening to the waves and reading, and it was the most peaceful time I’ve had in a while.
Spending time at the lake has been a tradition for just about as long as I can remember. When I was younger, we would rent a place every summer. My dad and his siblings grew up on the lake at his family’s cottage, so it really is special to our family.
Because all of our relatives lived in New Hampshire and Maine, it was the perfect place to be able to meet up and spend time together during the summer. As a kid, I only saw my extended family about once or twice a year, so I really looked forward to being able to see them and have fun at the lake.
Because I spent almost every summer during my childhood with my family at the lake, I’ve come to associate being there with family time and catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while. Whether it was tubing out on the water, chasing after my cousins in the woods, or swimming and jumping off the dock, I always had fun. Some of the best memories I have growing up were on that lake.
All of these fond memories have made this lake so special to me, and it truly has become my happy place. I’ve always felt very connected to nature, and being able to immerse myself in this beautiful place, even if it’s just for a short time, is something that I love.
At the moment there is not a whole lot to do because the water is so cold still, but I actually don’t mind that. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I deal with anxiety on a daily basis, and it’s nice to just get away from it all and not have to really think about doing anything for a while. It’s nice to have a rest and relax.
In fact, we don’t even have Internet access yet up at the camp, which seems insane, considering the fact that we are all so connected to our phones/computers all the time. My sister whined about not having WiFi the whole weekend, and I have to admit it was a little weird looking down at my phone and iPad and not having service, but again, it was kind of nice to get away from everything.
I actually finished an entire 300-page book this weekend, and was able to have real conversations with my family without the interruption of phone calls or Facebook updates, which was cool! To be honest, as much as I am attached to my phone, waiting for notifications and scrolling through Instagram definitely gives me anxiety sometimes, so it was good to have a break from it, even if it was only for a couple of days.
I think everyone needs his or her own happy place to go to. We all need a place where we can relax, rest and recharge. Especially for people who have anxiety like me, I think it’s important to have a safe space where you don’t have to worry about your struggles and where you can focus on being happy.
I have the lake, but this happy place could even just be your bedroom or backyard. It doesn’t have to anywhere fancy. It doesn’t even have to be a physical place. As I get more and more into meditation, I always try to go to a place in my mind where I can be peaceful and calm. You can find your own happy place just by sitting still and thinking of good things.
We all deserve to have a place where we feel safe, secure and happy. To be honest, if everyone focused more on being calmer and more peaceful, we’d probably be living in a much happier world.
I think a big reason why I consider Lake Winnipesaukee to be my happy place is because being there reminds me that it’s okay to slow down and relax for a while. It teaches me how to be less anxious and stressed out. If everyone could find the place that does that for them, we would all be a lot happier and more excited to take on things in life.
So, I encourage everyone to find that happy place, and if you already have that, make it a priority to get there more often! I know you won’t regret it.
I am so excited to share more of my experiences at the lake this summer, so definitely look forward to more posts on that. I really want to learn how to drive the boat this summer, so we’ll see how that goes!
Do any of you have your own happy place? I’d love to hear about them!