Bring out the pencil sharpeners and bento boxes. Summer is winding down and school has resumed.
Even if school hasn’t been a reality for years, the sad reality is that the list of things left undone only gets longer as the sunny season grows shorter. In July and August, many of us are less productive because pools and patios were waiting, but in these last fleeting days, many of us feel a sense of urgency to get organized.
For those troubled by the inevitable change of season, you might be seeking some way to keep yourself occupied and distracted during the colder days. Classes? Streaming services? Denial?
The following list is curated to keep the summer spirit alive, even if you have to start wearing socks again.
1. Write letters to your friends
Handwritten letters might not be the first activity that comes to mind in today’s world of instant, digital communications. However, the forgotten art of handwriting letters is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance as more and more people appreciate the personal touches that go into them. Emails and text messages can easily be ignored. But a letter – a real letter – is something to savour.
Plus, letter writing is not only an excellent way to keep up with your friends, but it is also a unique method to enhance your communication skills. Eventually, the skill will pay off in other areas of your life where concise communication is key. In any case, it comes with a bonus – you get to look forward to checking the mailbox now.
2. Start thrifting
Thrifting imparts crucial concepts of financial valuation. You can also end up with some pretty cool finds! Pay a visit to your nearest consignment store and attempt to value some of the items there on your own to see if it’s worth your money.
Antique stores and Goodwill can teach you about what quality, durable pieces and fabric look like if they’re worth an investment. For example, some fabrics, like hemp, might not always be trendy, but they are very durable.
Additionally, thrifting is an easy way to make extra money. Sometimes just buying an item and merely cleaning it is a way to add resale value to it.
If you want to invest more time into it, painting or re-covering furniture or home decor can sometimes double or triple the value of an item that was close to useless before. If you are willing to put in the work no one else wants to, you’ll be the one to reap the benefits. If you don’t fancy yourself as a handy person, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials to encourage you.
3. Learn to play a new (not video) game
Learning a new game is no easy feat. At first, it can be a challenging, frustrating, and even a hopeless affair. (Sold yet?)
But isn’t it true that good things tend to take work? Consider the advantages of learning a new game. It’s not only a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, but it’s also an opportunity for you to advance your problem-solving abilities.
Furthermore, gaming (the non-virtual kind) allows you to meet new opponents every day who can positively impact your growth as an individual.
Many libraries have free learning tutorials for classic games like Chess, but you can host a learning game night if you have friends that you feel might be (have to insert this pun) game.
4. Learn how to make your own beer or ferments
Have you ever had a beer that was almost perfect, but just needed one more ingredient? Beer production is not as complicated as you might imagine, and you can make it just how you like. Beer making, though, is not a small weekend project. It takes learning, practice, and experimentation — but what a cool way to spend your time.
Once you get the hang of it, you can make beer precisely to your taste. This hobby also provides a way to engage with a new group of people by attending beer festivals and conventions to learn more. Your friends always liked you. But with a little time invested, they may like you even more with homemade beer.
Not a beer enthusiast? No time like now to brew your own kombucha.
The end of summer might seem like the end of all good things, especially if it’s your favourite time of year, but it doesn’t have to be so. Starting hobbies in these last days of summer and carrying them with you during the year will help bring forward that forever summer feeling that we all love.
But oh, those summer nights…