I took my partner to a spa for their birthday yesterday – the first time they’d been to one! We went multicoloured-swimming (the pool was lit, which incidentally ended up with the feeling we were swimming in radioactive water when the lights went a particular shade of greenish-yellow) and had a massage and generally chilled out. It also led to the very surreal moment of sitting in a very smart hotel restaurant in swimsuits and a bathrobe. I mean, it was fine, and they’re obviously used to it, but… it was very odd.
But it got us both thinking. What’s everyone’s perfect day out?
I actually don’t like spas that much; they’re ok for a short amount of time (we just did a couple of hours) but then I get bored, as there’s only so much time I can be away from my laptop – ok, I’m mostly joking! There’s only so much time I can a) not be doing anything productive, and b) be submerged in water. Once those two conditions are up, I get antsy – even if I have a book! Sitting by a pool and sunbathing/reading/swimming – an entire day of that sounds like my worst nightmare.
So my perfect day? A comfy chair first thing with a laptop and tea (to slowly wake up and to catch up on admin); a nice breakfast; a walk somewhere; a board game or two with friends or my partner; and a chance to chill out for a bit with a book. Add in a nap and some cake, and I’m set.
(My partner’s was pretty much the same, except with more naps and reading time.)
So my conclusion is – I have to be able to have productive time, and if you want me to chill out, give me something to do. A walk. Yes, ok, swimming. A board game. Something I can focus on that means I don’t think about everything else – and something to let my brain just wind down from whatever it’s been worrying about.
That said, swimming in radioactive water isn’t something you do every day, so that was quite cool.
What’s your ideal day?