That one time I almost collapsed from exhaustion

Lately, I realized how important health is and no matter how invincible you think you are — you’re not.

After traveling back and forth from San Francisco to Guam in college, there was one idea that stuck with me: my body was invincible. Pop a few vitamins here, get some sleep on the plane and I should be good to go, right? I was dead wrong.

I knew traveling to the east coast from Guam was a crazy idea especially if it was just a three-day trip, but I couldn’t resist the urge to check out new cafes and go on a mini vacation with my aunt. So I said yes to this adventure and packed my bags for my getaway.

I decided to stay up all night before my flight, thinking I would fall asleep on the long plane ride. Little did I know, the turbulence would keep me up, but hey — I can always rest later.

After traveling for almost 20 hours and drinking an excessive amount of coffee, we finally checked into our hotel. I was pretty excited to start exploring the city even though the tiredness kicked in. I fought the exhaustion thinking I would get a good night’s rest to wind up only getting three hours of sleep because of jet-lag. Since I didn’t want to waste the next day, I forced myself to go exploring only to be completely drained by noon.

Long story short, I almost collapsed at breakfast the following morning from pure exhaustion and wasted my last day sleeping in. I was pretty disappointed in myself for wasting a good vacation, but more so for not listening to my body.

I guess the moral of the story here is to know your limits, because no adventure is worth breaking your body.

Human who likes to write about human things: mindfulness, connections, and five-line stories. http://www.akinamarie.com