“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Summer seems to bring out the best in people. There is less structure in many of our lives with school out and daylight lasting longer. Many travel on vacation and visit destination spots that are warm, sunny and offer fun and activities that only happen during summer.
I remember being a kid and like others, I waited anxiously for summer. I looked forward to the longer days, where the sun stayed out until late evening, and we could stay up late because school was out. Ice cream, the beach, summer clothes that were fun to wear, including the cute swimsuits, and more were part of making summer memories.
It dawned on me that for a long time, summer coming and going did not affect me as much as when I was a kid and summer was the only thing I had to look forward to. I lost my sense of summer fun and adventure. I forgot about the beach and park days that unfolded into the summer night while watching the sun go down. I did not take advantage of the summer days.
When summer solstice occurs, it is the longest day of the year. One day out of 365 days that lasts what seems like forever. The days following summer solstice seem as if the sun just stays put, like it is settling in for the beautiful long days of summer. I see it now as a ceremoniously time of pleasure.
I have realized I need to recapture that sense of excitement and awe I used to feel as a child. I need to look forward to the long summer days, the beautiful weather, and all the fun and pleasures of summer. I have found I do not have to be a kid to experience the joys of summer!
More importantly, I see the significance of celebrating a new season, of having yet another chance to enjoy what the world offers us. Sunshine, the park, the ocean, and so much more is often more welcoming than ever during summer time.
It’s also a time to refresh and immerse ourselves in the warm, basking sun. It’s a chance to recreate ourselves. It’s an opportunity to feel and act more alive!
Every summer holds a story… what stories will you create?
Angela Schaefers is a speaker, writer and producer and host of Your Story Matters show. She speaks as keynote for organizations and at events and speaks to groups to inspire them. She is a TEDx speaker – Your Story Matters Creating Connection & Collaboration Through Sharing Your Story. Angela is author of Your Story Matters You Matter, A guide to healing, learning from and sharing your story. She has also co-authored several books, writes for online publications and blogs. She has previously counseled families, couples, children and individuals, and has provided career and personal development coaching. She has worked with and consulted with various non-profit organizations, government entities and the corporate sector. Contact – Website – Books
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