I’m back home again after a short business trip to Minneapolis for my women’s leadership group. Normally, I really enjoy these trips. They are short enough where I do not get a chance to miss my children horribly but long enough that I get some much-needed alone. For some reason, I didn’t enjoy myself this time. I missed my family, my friends. I even missed work. Go figure.
A large part of this women’s leadership group is development and self-awareness. I now know that I am opinionated and forthright. I am not afraid to share my opinion, and I know that this can rub certain people the wrong way. So, while I have met some wonderful women and have made some great friends, I do realize that there are others in the group who wish I would just shut my mouth and be quiet. Because I am now self-aware enough to realize this, it makes for an emotionally exhausting day to subconsciously battle this. I don’t know why, but it really bothered me this time. I found myself slipping into my anti-social tendencies, dreaming about taking a sandwich back to the hotel room and hiding from the world. I didn’t do that, but I was so tempted.
By halfway through the second day, I missed my friends and I missed my family terribly. I missed being surrounded by those who know exactly who I am and love and accept me as I am. I never realized how they support me and boost me up. It is such a wonderful feeling to understand just how lucky I am. I am going to luxuriate in my family and my friends and enjoy being home!
Does anyone else experience this when on business trips? Am I just slow on the uptake here? Does anyone else experience such exhaustion when traveling or in emotional situations?