There was a guy sitting at the table in front of me as I was drinking my alcohol-free mojito at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. He turned around and said, “Out of curiosity, why did you just order an alcohol free drink?”
I said, “Because I don’t drink.”
He said, “Oh, why would you come to an all-inclusive resort if you don’t drink?”
I said, “Um, for the amazing resort, the incredible beach, the beautiful weather, the food, all inclusive great restaurants to choose from 3 times a day, activities, we went on a fun bike ride around the resorts yesterday morning, my friends jet skied on the ocean the day before, the evening shows, the pools, spa, we got massages, facials, the sunrise, and sunset beach walks (my favorite grounding meditation exercise), R&R, being outside in the sun, fully hydrated from water, deep restful REM sleep for 10 hours with the ocean waves outside the window, quality time and great conversations with my friends and onsite workout facilities.
A few minutes later, he stood up and said, “nice talking with you” and he walked away.
It was a fantastic beach vacation!
For more on this topic: Listen to Episode 19, Special Occasions on the “Editing Our Drinking and Our Lives” Podcast with Aidan Donnelley Rowley and Jolene Park.
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