I know you may currently be glancing outside and realizing I have lost my mind. It’s cold; it’s wet; it’s raining – or at the very least, depending on where you live, it doesn’t feel very summery right now. You’re still lost in the melee of Christmas, and it feels like the long, bright days of summer are not going to return anytime soon.
Yet they will, thanks to the rotation of the earth admittedly – though you can be sure if we could will summer into happening, we’d have done so by now. It’s the best season, meaning outdoor fun and doing all you can to soak up the long days and sunshine while you can.
Now we have passed the Winter Solstice, it’s not even a stretch to say that summer is coming. You will soon have more hours in the day, or so it feels like, so what are you going to do with them?
Summer – Does It Blend Into One For You?
The problem with summer as an adult is that, in some respects, it doesn’t feel that different. As a child, you’d finish for summer break and feel the weeks stretching out in front of you – full of endless possibilities just waiting for you to indulge in.
Nowadays, it tends to mean that you’ll spend more on air conditioning and it won’t be dark when you arrive home from work. That’s a pretty big difference.
As a result, summers can easily begin to blend into the rest of the seasons. So why not make this year different?
While it might not be possible to recapture that feeling of endless weeks laid out ahead of you, summer is just waiting for you to rediscover its wonders. Most of us have things we want to do, places we want to explore and home changes we want to implement – and we’ve had the same for years on end. If you start with your ideas and planning now, then this year might be the one you could do it.
Stuck For Ideas?
There is always the risk that given a chance to let your creativity flow, you become stuck for inspiration. If the summer months have been much the same for you for years, then doing something different might sound nice in theory, but be confusing in practicality.
So we’re going to wave a magic wand and infuse you with ideas. The earlier you begin trying to make these happen, the more possible they are going to become. Your path to the perfect summer starts right here.
Summer Inspiration #1 – A Tourist In Your Home Town
When we go away on vacation or holiday, we do things we would never do at home. We take the time to just stroll around, enjoying the ambiance of a place, wasting away the afternoon in a coffee shop and eating ice cream.
It’s easy to feel more at ease in a place when we take the time to do these things. You can explore the local history, and let it seep into your bones – and maybe even know the place better than you do your home town. While it doesn’t have to be a full staycation, you can take a few days during summer off completely. The sole desire should be to do something for the sake of it in your home town, rather than running around completing errands.
Summer Inspiration #2 – Cook Outside
You might occasionally cook outside, especially around July 4th, but why not make a habit of it? There are multiple reasons to do so. Most common meals can be adapted to suit being prepped and cooked while outdoors. You’ll need the help of the best electric smoker you can get so you can still be efficient, but if you make a real effort to eat outdoors, then you will feel better for it. All that fresh air plus a guaranteed dose of Vitamin D? It’ll be the best summer ever.
Summer Inspiration #3 – Take Up A New Sport
It seems that we are all guilty of letting our lives become more and more sedentary. We might even know that that’s something we should change, but it’s hard to persuade ourselves to do so in winter. Winter is the season of snuggling down at home, not getting outdoors to play badminton.
It doesn’t have to be badminton – whatever floats your sporting boat! If you’re determined to make yourself do it, see what you can buy up front regarding equipment, court time or even book a specific cycling trip. Take advantage of the best time of the year while you can.