Teaching ducks to tap dance…

I am going to attempt something in the next two weeks that I have never attempted before.

When I told my friends I was going to do it they all looked at me in stunned, delighted wonder as if I’d suggested I was going to try to teach a duck to tap dance. They all thought it sounded wonderful but did I really think I could do it? ME of all people?

Frankly I’m wondering the same.

What I am about to attempt is something that I have never done before without being a) asleep b) feverish or c) extremely drunk. Sometimes it has required a combination of all three.

The extraordinary feat I am about to attempt to undertake is…

* dramatic pause *

…to take a holiday from thinking.


This Thursday I am off to Costa Rica with three of my favourite people in life and I am fully unplugging.

I am not taking my laptop, I will not have my phone on, no note book for cooking up dreams and making plans. No thinking, no problem solving, no forward planning, no trying to figure ‘stuff’ out, no coaching, not even any quiet reflection.

No more thinking unless it’s ‘shall I lie in the hammock or under that palm tree? Do I feel like a mango or strawberry cocktail? And then…shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….space.


Peaceful, blissful, mindful, non-action (unless it’s pleasure giving) space to simply BE with no pressure on who or how I be.

I am going for a holiday in the here and now!

And I am first to admit that I don’t give myself time to do that nearly enough.

My mind is active all the time. Permanently on. Thinking, analysing, problem solving, dreaming, planning, brainstorming, questioning, picking apart, figuring stuff out, thinking, analysing…


And I’m not going to lie to you. I am exhausted. Most of the time.

So for 12 blissful days I will be plain and simple BEING.

I mean I have no idea how I’m going to do this. This is me on a whole new learning curve. So if you have any tips before I jump aboard that plane early on Thursday morning then post them over here.

For now, this is me taking my foot off the gas and unplugging for a fortnight, sending you my love and switching this laptop off!

x Selina

Selina Barker