Summer has officially arrived this week and I’m super excited. It’s my favorite season despite the extra sweat, early rising of the sun and massive growth of weeds to pull. I love not needing to walk out of the house wrapped in layers, being able to take a walk after dinner without a jacket or flashlight, the feel of the sun on my skin, the smell of a summer thunderstorm, visiting the beach and watching the waves, people being a little more laid back and patient, less traffic in the mornings because schools are closed and a hundred other reasons. Summer reminds each of us that there’s more to life than work and that it’s good to take a break. So this summer my challenge for you is two fold: do lots of exploring and get lots of rest. They may seem at odds, but really they work very well together.
Growing up I read from the history books and heard about far-off lands. With the internet and airplanes today they’ve become practically our back yards, rather than something you had to have lots of money to do or could only read about them as they were in the past. But there are lots of places to explore even in our backyards and within a day or two driving distance. Get out there and explore the world, stop limiting yourself to the little corner of the world you see day in and day out. Until you’ve been there, seen it, and lived it you won’t know what you’re missing out on, and I guarantee that you are missing out.
The second thing summer inspires is lazy days. This means kicking back with a book, watching the world go by in a park, meditating, doing yoga, taking a casual walk, catching up on sleep, hanging with family or friends around the yard or pool with a cool drink, playing water games with your kids, late date nights with your partner and quiet times to consider your life and future. It’s not bad to take time off, we used to be consistent about taking at least one day off each week, and most of us were off the whole weekend. Now every day is packed with activities and work, and we don’t give our bodies and minds the rest they need to function fully.
So this summer, give in to the temptation to explore and chill out. It might just be your best summer yet!
“I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer… come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches.” Oriana Green