I haven't had a vacation in years. Vacations require time and money and I have neither. I am the queen of the "stay-cation". I can find free and inexpensive activities in town to keep our family stimulated without breaking the bank. However, there is something uniquely gratifying about leaving your everyday environment behind for a change of scenery. The mind can temporarily suspend the thought marathon it competes in on a daily basis. The body can release the tension it carries between your shoulder blades. You can really relax. You can decompress. You can breathe! That's what I haven't been able to do. Breathe. The house. The neighbors. The scenery. It has all been conspiring to suffocate me. I couldn't breathe. A lake. A mountain. People smiling, asking me what I want, no need, to make me comfortable. Air. Take it in. Deeply. Hold it, then release. Ahhhh, now I can breathe. Can't wait to go back so I can breathe again.