If only

For a split second last week, I felt like making a run for it.

I was standing at the markets at the top of the Queen Street Mall waiting for my weekly bagel with cream cheese.

I was in my own little world with my eyes glued to my iPhone when the sun poked its head out from behind the clouds and gave me a warm embrace. I packed my phone away, closed my eyes and raised my face toward the sun to take in all of its goodness.

It was then that I noticed the hive of activity around me. I opened my eyes to see trucks delivering fresh fruit and veg, paella being stirred in massive pans, a couple buying a bunch of brightly coloured gerberas, and the most delicious looking brownies you ever will see begging me to jump off the I Quit Sugar wagon.

The atmosphere was fresh and lively. There was a sense of fun in the air. I was caught up in it. I wanted to wander through those markets with not a care in the world. I longed to have nowhere to be, nothing to do, and no responsibility. I wanted to be free. I wanted to escape. I wanted to do something for me.

‘If only I could run away for the day,’ I thought to myself.

My mind began to race as I very seriously contemplated how I could make it happen and what I would do.

‘I will cab it back home, pick up my togs and towel, and drive straight to the beach,’ I decided.

I pictured myself lying on my towel reading a good book listening to nothing other than the rise and fall of the ocean. I would swim and body surf and let the ocean take my worries away. I would float in that ocean. I would let it take my weight, hold me up, and heal me.

I could almost smell the salt and feel the sun kissing my skin as I continued to daydream. After the beach I would grab some lunch which I would eat slowly and without interruption. I would have a gigantic veggie burger with hot chips and a glass of wine and then I …

‘Number 57,’ called my Bagel Boy waking me from my daydream.

I handed over my number, took my bagel and turned on my heel to work.

As I let my daydreams turn to dust, I promised myself that one day soon I will turn that if only into a reality.

What would you do if you had the day to yourself?

Linking up today with the lovely Zanni at My little sunshine house for Sunshine Sunday writing to her prompt ‘If only’.

30 comments on If only

  1. Neets
    March 2, 2014 at 6:11 am (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I felt like I was right there with you Renee. Make sure you do make that happen soon. You won’t know yourself. I’d take myself of for a long run then back it up with a delicious lunch & coffee. How long have you been doing I quit sugar for? X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

      That sounds awesome, Neets. I started the eight week detox program in the second half of last year and was doing so well until Christmas Day. I’ve been off and on the wagon since, but I am really trying as I feel so much better without sugar x

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  2. Bec | Mumma Tells
    March 2, 2014 at 8:24 am (4 years ago)

    Yes! Dooooo it.
    A day to myself? A whole day? I’d probably end up wasting it, unable to do anything due to my marvelling in the fact I have a day to myself! Ha! X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha yes. These thinks definitely involve pre planning πŸ™‚ x

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  3. Zanni Louise
    March 2, 2014 at 8:36 am (4 years ago)

    Sounds so perfect. You should have done it! I think my “day off” would have been similar. A swim in the ocean. Maybe the Kiva Spa. Tea with a friend…hmmm, now you’ve got me thinking! Thanks for linking up for #sunshinesundays hon xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Oooh kiva spa sounds amazing. I would definitely like to work that into my day xx

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  4. Alicia
    March 2, 2014 at 9:56 am (4 years ago)

    What would we be without day dreams? Just make sure when you do have a day off, grab a towel, your togs and drive to the beach πŸ˜€
    I haven’t been fishing for so long, just to sit and enjoy my own thoughts and the quiet, I’d probably do that xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm (4 years ago)

      That sounds really relaxing, Alicia. I hope you get the chance to do that sometime soon xx

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  5. Lydia C. Lee
    March 2, 2014 at 10:14 am (4 years ago)

    I have half a day to myself – I’m slinking off to the movies…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Yahooooo! Good for you, Lydia!

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  6. SarahD @SnippetsandSpirits
    March 2, 2014 at 10:27 am (4 years ago)

    You made me laugh as I was interrupted by the call for your bagel!! Oh if only the grass was greener. I had a day to myself last week and I just hung out at home that indeed is a luxury also just being able to lie on the couch and get sucked into Dr Phil! I hope you get a day of your own soon Renee! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm (4 years ago)

      It is a luxury! I would love a total day to veg out even if it is with Dr Phil πŸ™‚ x

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  7. Kate
    March 2, 2014 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

    Oh, I think I would be lying next to you reading on the beach, without having to look out for little people in the water… bliss.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Sounds great doesn’t it, Kate?!

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  8. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    March 2, 2014 at 10:46 am (4 years ago)

    I hope your day to yourself is not too long in coming, Renee. Sounds perfect, hun xx

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  9. Lauren
    March 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm (4 years ago)

    A whole day to myself!?!?! The mind boggles with possibilities! It’s quite likely I would be joining you on the beach with a good book. So beautifully written Renee x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm (4 years ago)

      I think we could get a whole group of desperate women together, Lauren, who need a day off xx

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  10. Mums Take Five
    March 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes! Great post. A day to myself ….. i just dont know. I could write. I could sew. I could sleep – that’d be nice. If i could do anything i’d duck down to melbourne for the day and catch up with some friends, do some shopping, quick whip around the markets and then a fabulous lunch, drinks, pedicure and then fly home πŸ™‚
    visiting from Zannis Sunshine Sundays x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Wow! Now that sounds like a REALLY nice day off. I hope you get to make it happen sometime soon x

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  11. Bec @ The Plumbette
    March 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow. I was there with you too. Please invite me when you have a day off. I certainly need one of these as well. If I did have a day to myself I would take myself off to a dayspa and get scrubbed and massaged to soothe my swollen body. Hope you have a great week. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm (4 years ago)

      That does sound lovely, Bec. I hope you get a chance to have some time out soon x

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  12. Andrea
    March 3, 2014 at 4:02 am (4 years ago)

    sleeeeeeeeeeeep……. that is all πŸ™‚ x

    Hope you get your day off soon (and tell us how awesome it was so I can live vicariously through you) xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 3, 2014 at 6:01 am (4 years ago)

      That does sounds lovely!! I hope you get a chance to have a day off soon too little one xx

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  13. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    March 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm (4 years ago)

    So often I wish I could run away for a day, but I have no idea what I would do! That’s why I’m still here!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol, Jodi. I’m sure you could come up with something πŸ™‚

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  14. Elisa {With Grace & Eve}
    March 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Hmmm now I desperately want a day to myself that doesn’t require fitting in work hours!! A combination of coffee, beach, books and time alone would be bliss!! X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Sure does sound like bliss, Elisa! x

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  15. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    March 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I;d be on the towel next to you ont he beach Renee. But don’t worry I wouldn’t talk to you.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Ahhh hahahaha! Sam! You crack me up xx

      Reply

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