I miss summer. Summer used to be about relaxing by the lake, night after night of barbecues, basking in the sunshine, and feeling like the season would truly never end. Three months of longer, warmer days rejuvenated me and helped make the other nine months of shorter, colder days a bit more bearable. It was also one heck of a good time. Of course, this was all when I was a kid (college years count). Back then, summers also meant three months of uninterrupted free time. So the question is: Can adults, with their careers, commitments, and responsibilities, enjoy a lazy summer too?
Maybe not. For too many years my summers haven’t included nearly enough of the aforementioned seasonally-appropriate activities. Nowadays, I might manage to squeeze in a grill session or two between June and August, and if I’m lucky one good day of lounging by a pool or in a park or at the lake. Mostly what transpires, however, is a race to the end of summer resulting in a Labor Day weekend filled with regrets of summery things not accomplished and repeated statements of “where did the summer go?”
So I stress about summer, when really, it’s supposed to be a time to distress. Will I be able to enjoy it this year? Will I find time for the warm weather activities I love so much? And why am I already stressing about this – summer doesn’t even begin until June 21st!
How do you (or don’t you) make the most of summer?