Monday I packed up some lettuce wraps and fruit. G and I had a picnic dinner on the beach. Three dolphins surprised us by playing in the surf. I had never seen that before. They were so close. It was amazing. The sun set so beautifully and we were in heaven.
There have been a handful of years that summer came and went and I didn’t realize it until Christmas. Last year I decided to put an end to that behavior. I was determined to experience summer and I’m so glad I did.
We all tend to have busy lifestyles and often live on adrenaline. Part of this is necessary as we take care of all that needs to be taken care of, but a larger part of it is habit.
Yes, busyness is a habit and can become an addiction. It might not feel like it hurts you now, but it hurts those around you and it will hurt you if it goes on too long.
A good friend might help you slow down, maybe help you see what doesn’t need to get done or help you organize your time. Often it means letting go of some commitments or giving them less time.
If your mind is too frazzled to think about how to do summer simply and cheaply, here are a few suggestions:
The Beach, Lake or Pond – If it’s in driving distance then go! It doesn’t have to be an all day affair. Maybe you’re there just for sunrise and coffee. Maybe you’re there for a lunch time siesta, or maybe just an evening picnic like me and G.
The Park – There are often movies in the park, concerts in the park, and yes even playing in the park. It’s a great place to stroll, jog, and breathe in summer. Peek online and see what’s happening at a park near you or better yet, just go to the park and discover what fun things you could be missing out on.
The Pool – If you don’t have one nearby, maybe a friend does. Being in or around a pool is a great way to feel summer especially with friends and a BBQ.
A Hike – There are a variety of hiking opportunities even ones that feel like you’re just walking. No intense hills. Just easy. It’s a quick way to get away from it all and get the juices flowing. Take a friend and take a hike.
The Trip – Go Camping or take a day trip that’s within a two hour drive. It’s a frugal way to vacation and a great way to create new experiences. Even bad experiences make for great stories.
Summer is passing quickly, so get out there catch it then slow down just a bit and take in the experience. Share it with another and make lasting memories.