Probably one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve had after quitting my job as an insurance adjuster was this cruise I took a few months after I left. I was still sort of floundering at that point and not really sure where my life was going to take me, so my mother offered to bring me on a cruise with her and we seriously had the time of our lives.
Before we left, I earned a little extra spending money by doing some clerical work for a Maryland employment lawyer, bought myself a brand new retro bathing suit, and we were on our way.
We left out of New York City and headed for Bermuda. Bermuda is my mother’s favorite place in the entire world. She has very little interest in exploring the rest of the world, but swears that when she earns her millionth dollar, she’ll move to Bermuda and open up a real estate office there.
Anyway, the cruise was a lot different than actually being on the island. If you have ever been on a cruise ship before, you know that they are pretty luxurious. Mom got us a room with a balcony and an incredible ocean view. It took us only four days to get there.
On the boat, we got facials, massages, lounged in the hot tub, drank mimosas, and just sort of enjoyed the time we were able to spend together. The ship had a fun chocolate-themed party one night, and a couple of high-profile comedians another night.
By the time the ship approached the port, we were ready to get off the ship and explore. My mother booked a snorkeling excursion, which was pretty cool, and then we spent the afternoon walking around the island. She took me to her favorite historical sites, and I know it’s morbid, but the thing that caught my attention the most was the caskets.
The cemeteries aren’t like they are in the U.S. where someone who has died gets put into a casket and the casket is lowered into a grave site. Instead, the caskets sit out in the open, above ground. Mom explained that they can’t bury the caskets because the land isn’t deep enough to dig graves.
Anyway, the history of the island was pretty fascinating, and we took in a fun festival with lots of dancing and wine coolers. It was honestly one of the best times of my life. I had not a care in the world. I was in the moment, with my mom, spending quality time, and I couldn’t have been more blessed.