Our big RV trip to Canada had finally arrived. We left in the late afternoon on Thursday as I thought it would be awesome to be in Canada on Canada Day. “What a cool idea” I thought, “celebrating in a new country on a day that is similar to our Independence Day”. So off we went.
Iowa > Illinois > Michigan > Canada. On June 30th we officially arrived in London, Ontario. Due to arriving late evening we stopped at the first campsite we found, after finding out that our phone didn’t work. Luckily, they had one site we could use, however it was only 15 amp. “You know, it’s the weekend before Canada Day, most places are going to be booked”. Huh, makes sense. Should have thought of that.
The next morning we took off for the campground we marked to be at the day before, Pine Valley Park in Branchton, ON. Cute little campground, and luckily there were people leaving which opened up spots for us. After picking out a spot , setting up, and meeting a very nice Canadian family we decided it was time to head out and explore Canada Day.
Know what we found? Everything was closed. EVERYTHING! Well, nearly everything. We had no phones which meant no Google searching for activities, but everywhere we drove by was closed. Reason – Canada Day! Really?
No malls, no shopping, no groceries, however, we did find Tim Horton’s. They were open. And had fast & free Wi-Fi.
On the way back to the camper, I pondered this day, this Canada Day. The entire Country takes the day off. A day of rest, to tune in and tune out. How often do we do that? Our days, weeks, months, are booked so far in advance. When we know we have a day off, we tend to schedule something in its place. We get so busy being busy, that it becomes unfamiliar to rest.
When was the last time you shut down and allowed yourself to be ok with it? To know look for something to do, or to know what you will be doing next. Listening to yourself, answering honestly about what is best for you? Could you do that?
I challenge you to take a Canada Day. Shut down & tune in. Turn off the mind chatter, focus on your breath, and listen. You may be surprised what you hear. Or you may end up having family dinner at Tim Horton’s on Canada Day. Either way, it’s a win.
Namaste my friends.