Once you become an honest-to-goodness bona fide adult, a few things happen:
- You pay a bill or two
- Children look to you as if you actually know what is going on
- You hear your peers say things like, “How did they grow up so fast?” or “Christmas went by in the blink of an eye!”
Number 3 is a big one, and if you don’t hear one person say something about summer feeling faster than ever, then you may be under the age of 13.
We spend time at our offices, behind our screens, getting our chores done and being so darn grown up that we can miss what we have earned through the frosty Canadian winter.
The sun is out, and so are our friends. Here are some ways to regress to a time when summer felt like it could go on and on and on…
Ditch the routine.
Many of us are successful in our wellness and our lives because we have found a rhythm that works. We work out at the same times, drink our coffee and may even have designated laundry days (sigh, adulthood).
Let summer be your time to mix it up, even if you don’t have many official vacation days. Swap the gym for an outdoor yoga class. Substitute your coffee shop drink for a homemade coffee on your porch, watching the world wake up.
Shake it up and the days can seem even longer and even sweeter.
Slow it Down. Sloooowwww itttt dowwwwwn.
One of the main reasons we begrudge time as we age is that we try to fill every moment with something. We aim for productivity and creativity at all hours. If you can, ditch the “extra” projects – any remodelling or reinventing or classwork to make you “better.”
Do a little less, and with what you have remaining, slow it down. Summer is all about taking your time to water the grass and paint your toenails and chat with a friend. If we fit things into itty bitty timeslots, we don’t get a chance to stretch out these gorgeous months.
Give boredom a real go.
Boredom is a magical portal to mindfulness, but as iPhone carrying adults, we don’t pause to see what’s on the other end of boredom.
Test it out. Sit outside without a book or a phone to occupy you. If you are massively out of practice, the first few moments will feel wildly uncomfortable.
But get curious. Watch ants march around your feet. Listen to the lawn mowers around you. Hear the sounds of summer and make this season be a present experience rather than a past regret.
Tap into your inner child.
Do something silly and unexpected that doesn’t involve a nuanced Instagram pic. Draw your best sidewalk art with fat pieces of chalk. Run through a sprinkler with your beloved. Eat the messiest of fruit on the grass. Children don’t think summer is fleeting because it is so filled to the brim with these awesome little moments.
Be accountable, to yourself.
If you are one month into summer, thinking, “Oh no, summer is almost over!” let your mind calm. You are less than halfway through. Check in on your mind and the truths it spins.
Meditate to relax your monkey mind. Then ask yourself what you need to have the summer of your dreams.
Do you need more pools, more popsicles, more patios? Book your summer bucket list into your calendar. Investing in your joy is a crucial practice.
Our inner adults are ingrained, but they occasionally need to be exorcised to allow ourselves the bliss of summer’s presence.