Summer is finally here, and kids all around are rejoicing. Maybe this summer, you should celebrate summer like one of those children.
Decide that you’re going to make the most of these next few months… learn new things, revisit some old hobbies you used to love, discover new favorite activities. Find the beauty in laziness.
Here are some ideas of how you can enjoy summer almost as much as the children down the street (almost – let’s not kid ourselves – they have to go back to school in the fall. They’re going to suck the marrow out of this summer.).
Become a Farmer
Or at least decide that you’re going to support local farmers by finding and attending local farmer’s markets regularly. You’ll enjoy being outside and have the knowledge that your funds are helping the local economy.
If you can find a farmer’s market in a town a little bit away from home, you can pick up a snack and have a picnic in the park on the way home. Maybe amble about town and see what little treasures you might find. You’ll have stretched your morning activity into a daylong adventure.
Remember how you would play with your friends in the neighborhood when you were a child in the summer heat? Maybe it’s time to meet some of the neighbors you don’t know. Plan a block party cookout and invite everyone. Assign each area or zone of the neighborhood a specific dish to bring and grill dinner.
Have several people bring old-fashioned ice cream makers, and everyone can help make homemade ice cream for dessert. What could be a better way to get to know your neighbors?
Teachers always remind their students to read during the summer months so they won’t lose those valuable reading and comprehension skills gained during the academic year. Many students join book clubs or reading challenges at local libraries.
Do what the kiddos do and join a book club. Most areas have several options tailored to various reading styles. Do you prefer mysteries or romance novels? There’s a book club out there that’s just for you.
Would you prefer not to read with a group? Set a goal of how many books you want to read this summer and get started.
Need a break from all of that heavy reading? Plan to take in a movie a week or every other week. Summer blockbusters offer mindless escapism from the heat. (Mid-day matinees also offer a bit of a cost break from the evening shows.)
You might find a friend who enjoys the same shows as you, and the two of you could make it a standing weekly date.
Hit the Road
Get out your map and plan a road trip. Or maybe two. The beauty of summer trips is that you can make several short trips close to home and discover the beauty of what is right around you.
Pack a bag, grab some snacks and your favorite tunes and a travel buddy and go see the sights. Is there a town close to you with a museum you’ve always talked about seeing but haven’t yet. Go! Have you always wanted to camp at a beautiful spot a few hours away? Go! Enjoy the bounty of what lies around you.
Once you begin to embrace the opportunities of summer, you’re going to be surprised at how many other new things you find to do.
Go to a baseball game
See an outdoor concert or theatre performance
Take a pottery class
And always stop at a child’s lemonade stand. And tip outrageously. It will make your summer.
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