Summer is almost upon us, and while the world is coming back to life, things seem especially fragile right now. It is now more important than ever to enjoy every day. To relish the opportunities to create joy in your life - whatever that means to you - has revealed itself as fleetingly precious during the pandemic lockdown.
So I ask you to remember when you were a kid at this time of year, sitting in the classroom, daydreaming about what the summer would be like when school got out? Why not do that now? Daydream about what the upcoming months could be like for you, allow yourself to remember that excitement and expectation of feeling free and happy.
This idea comes from seeing a picture of a friend's son holding up a poster listing items he wanted to do over the summer. He had written simple things like "eat watermelon, ride my bike, go fishing, swim." At first, I thought it was cute, but the idea stayed with me.
Last night, I sat down at the table and made my list... I numbered it 1 - 30, and it was surprising how quickly it filled up. At first, I had to think back on what I enjoyed at 9, 10, 11, and so on, but then the list wrote itself. It was a fun, and eye-opening exercise, that made me feel like a kid again; anticipating the upcoming months of sunshine and fresh air. It brought back fond memories and reminded me of the small, but happy, things that still bring me joy.
I encourage you to do the same and make your list today. This is not about work goals, deadlines, or obligations... It is about YOU! Things you love, like, enjoy, want to try, have dreamed about doing, think would be fun, and finding big and small pleasures to fill your heart and soul. Take some time today to sit down quietly and write up your list.
Remember how fun it was to sit on the lawn chair and eat an ice-pop, slowly savoring every sweet drop of fruit flavor. Think about things you've always wanted to experience, these are your grown-up daydreams.
The best part of this exercise is that it can include anything your heart desires. While maybe we can't go to sleep-away camp again, you sure can take a walk at a nature preserve, visit a lavender farm, and listen to the sounds of the birds chirping early in the morning. Treat yourself to a refreshing glass of iced-tea or a frosted mug of ale while you sit and peruse your favorite magazine in the afternoon sunshine. Crack open that book you've promised yourself you would read before the events of 2020 through us all off track. You get the idea.
Focus on the things that scream "SUMMER" to you. Write up your summer list, keep it visible, pick something from it to experience every chance you get, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!! If not now, when??
I hope this idea helps to makes your summer better, brighter, and easier. ~ Luci