When I was invited to share about a #SwitchersRemorse life experience for Verizon, I thought, “I have enough material for about 20 blog posts.” I decided to choose this particular experience because I’m actually suffering from switcher’s remorse right at this very moment.
I’ve always had an aversion to planning things too far in advance. I like to keep the door open when it comes to opportunity. I’m not suggesting this is a great character trait — only that it’s what’s comfortable for me. Life experience has taught me that things are ever-changing and evolving. I also don’t like surprises, so there’s that too. But this year, I decided to go against my good sense and plan ahead.
I’m a Maui girl at heart. I spent much of my youth on Maui playing in the ocean, windsurfing and surfing. I will always consider it my home. Each year I return at least once for 2 or 3 weeks. It’s a time to recharge, get my ocean fix, and more importantly, spend time with people I love that I’ve known for 30 years or more. My favorite time to be on Maui is somewhere between May and the end of July.
But this year I decided I’d plan WAY ahead, and arranged our family schedule around an event eight months in advance. I wouldn’t be there at my favorite time of year, but that’s ok. I would be able to work AND play. Perfect. At least I thought it was. And then it wasn’t. My way of waiting things out had worked well for me and for our family unit every year. But then I switched.
My switcher’s remorse is really hitting home as I’ve now missed this year’s chance to spend time with some very dear friends. Time with people you love is so precious. You really don’t know how many “visits” you get. Take them when you can.
I’m not going wallow in my switcher’s remorse, but I will learn from it. I should stick with what I know works for my family and me!
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