A Much Needed Vacation
As you read this post I am most likely lounging lakeside with my Kindle, or taking in the view from a mountain-top hike. Maybe I'm even on a boat savoring a sumptuous picnic lunch. Frankly, I can't say what I'm doing because I am writing this post in advance.
I leave for a week-long vacation tomorrow!
I have learned so much about New York City since I moved here over 4 years ago, but perhaps the most important fact I’ve picked up is this: it is extra important that you leave it from time to time.
We have family on Long Island. On occasion, we go out for weekend visits. The moment I get off the LIRR and breathe that fresh air, look around at all the space, and listen to the quiet I feel at ease.
My husband and I always say there are two Rachels: There is the actress Rachel F. Hirsch whose mind never stops going, and there is the married Rachel Schneider who loves to read and play outside with her dog. Right about now, both Rachels need a break.
I find that when I don’t give my mind and body time to rest I am significantly less productive as a human being and an artist. I have less of a desire to go to auditions. I get writer’s block. My body starts to feel run-down, and all I want to do is sleep. And just forget about being creative!
My goal for this vacation is to turn off the part of my brain that is Rachel F. Hirsch, and just allow myself to be the me that exists in the rest of my life. I have to really step away from work. If I can do that, I know that I will come back feeling completely refreshed and ready to make things happen in this crazy business.
So here’s hoping that, right about now I’m on a hammock waking up from an afternoon nap. Or maybe I am finishing up some yoga practice on the beach. Whatever I’m doing, I hope I am allowing myself to enjoy life and nature, and for just a few days, not think about Broadway.