Back in June (yeah, I know it’s October now), Patrick and I headed to the Gold Coast for a long weekend away, sort of as a late birthday celebration. For those of you that don’t know, the Gold Coast is about an hour south of Brisbane, and it is known for having quite the party scene. I was actually thankful that we were there in the off season because of it.
Pat and I hit the ground running, wanting to make the most of our time away. Just in the first day or so, we managed to eat lots of food, meet up with a friend, experience a vampire cabaret show that was way cooler than we expected it could be, and so much more.
However, the second day (it was a Friday) started off on a not-so-happy note. Pat received a phone call from someone at work, which was frustrating to have to pick up in the first place as he thought he would then have to take time away from the trip to deal with office matters. Only, the news wasn’t about work; it was about the passing of a workmate.
While he wasn’t a truly close friend, it was still really upsetting news. We both really didn’t know what to do, so we just spent the rest of the day in a mellow vibe reading and spending time at a cafe. On the one hand, the news hadn’t yet felt official, but on the other, it didn’t seem right to just go off and act like nothing happened.
I know everyone has their own way of dealing with bad news, but what are you supposed to do when you receive bad news while on a holiday? Losing a loved one is one thing, and obviously that should take precedence over a holiday, but what about receiving news that is bad at a lesser level.
For instance, what if you were on a holiday and you received notification that your house got robbed back home and they took your nice jewelry? What if you received an email from a love interest that said they no longer wanted to see you? Which takes precedence… the trip you paid for and planned on for a while… or thinking/dealing with the incident?