Yo, what does this title even mean?
Before I explain that part, I am going to tell you the feels I have been getting for the past 2 weeks, right after I wake up.
So you know when you were younger, big adventures used to happen over summer vacation? I don’t know about you, but I made it a point to make every summer break count. I would find interesting things to do for summer, during final school exams and I would make a list of the animes, video games and activities I want to indulge in the moment summer vacation began. Every summer vacation became a story to tell when I grew up.
I wanted to make the most of my time during summer. (Dang, childhood Niki had the same time management tick even then!) But the best part about this was, no matter what I did, I never felt like I was wasting my time.
And so that ‘feeling’ came in. The hot climate, lazy days, ice cream and junk food, lots of movies, sitting before your PC on online anime streaming websites or manga, the visits to the nearby library, picking up an armful of books at a time, reading those books on the swing with popcorn in your lap, late nights with more anime and video games, eating summer fruits preferably cold, joining all those summer classes, evening walks, learning a new skill, hanging out with friends, sleepovers, summer projects, long phone calls (and your mom getting mad about it, heh), light summer monsoon wind with a cup of tea- that feeling that encompasses all this into a season. Summer.
The feeling of endless possibilities, euphoric and yet laid back. When it was summer vacation, there was a power that you could do anything you wanted, however you liked it. And it was pretty epic, to be honest.
All these ‘things’ imbibed a certain feeling, a certain vibe, if you will. And every time summer comes around, or hot climate for that matter, I begin associating it with these things that make me happy.
It’s like there is a switch that flicks on and I go into summer mood.
But the problem now is… that I’m older. The last official summer ‘break’ I got was when I was right out of first year college. That was the summer where I didn’t have to do any projects or internships, or I did not have to worry about getting a job or anything. I legit had one last summer all to myself where doing nothing would be justified.
I mean, you can still do nothing for 2 months now, but I doubt whilst having a full time job you would let your mind get away with it guilt free. Know what I mean?
So, that summer was IT.
And it was by far the BEST SUMMER EVER.
The funny part is, I don’t even remember what I did! Or how much I went out or watched a number of shows and read a ton of books. I just remember it being So. Much. Fun. I guess what you did never mattered, but how it made you feel, was all the difference.
I did everything I wanted and more.
So why can’t we do and feel that same way now?
Well, like I said earlier, adulthood responsibilities for one. There are a certain number of things that you just can’t do away with anymore. There are financial duties, family duties and even some you owe to yourself, to focus on. You can’t just live a couple of months being a total potato, (I mean you can provided you know when to turn into a French fry)
There is this ‘mood’ that can now be considered as lazy and unambitious. And nobody wants to actively be either. Especially when you are forced to be all adult like given your age and time.
But here is where a cheat comes in.
You find ways to still make it feel like summer even by having a full time job. Uncomplicated simple ways that reflected how summer made you feel and adapted into life as we know it right now.
How? Well, read on my little sunshine and fill all your summer bucket list wishes.
Do something new
By new, I mean, something you haven’t tried before. This could be anything! No pressure. New restaurants, new haircut, new genre of books, music or movies. But something that you have never done before. Go exploring different parts of the city you live in, take a walk in a part of town you’ve never been to before. Do something that is different and unexplored, and add a small change into to your daily routine. Summer was all about trying new things wasn’t it?
Indulge in a day of nothing
And by nothing, I mean, nothing. Sleep in for as long as you like, have a really late breakfast-lunch, Netflix and couch potato, in your pajamas, with no agenda in tow. You don’t even have to shower if you don’t want to. One day of pure nothing. Set it aside, schedule it in, and unleash the inner sloth of your summer days. The most important part? Embrace it for the weekend, but be sure to bounce back soon (or later, your call!). The best part of summer was usually the lazing around, but since we can’t afford to do that every day, let’s be smart about how to fit in in our lives today. Complete guilt-free laziness.
Go for at least one summer event
Just because you don’t get a vacation during summer, doesn’t mean the world will stop capitalizing on seasonal extravaganzas. Make the most of our consumerist society! Go for one summer event around your city. Just one. Be it a music concert, a flea market, a bake sale, stage performances, food festivals, comedy shows. Anything. Just one event, that doesn’t even have to be summer related if you want! Summers was all about waiting for that one launch or end of summer sale, or summer music right? Make some time and indulge! We all deserve a fantastic show to alleviate and refresh. Vibe off the summer festival energy!
Sleepovers (or sleep-ins)
Optional as it is, but when was the last time you had a good night out with friends, eating dinner at your local spot, or ordering pizza in and dancing to your favourite music whilst figuring out what movie to watch. Which then is accompanied by more snacks, while the sun rises between hushed conversations and a stomach that’s tired of laughing. It’s time to relive them, man. Round up that group and make that sleep over happen.
But, if groups aren’t your thing, then no harm in spending yet another day in the comfort of your own company :)
Treat yo-self! (To more than just ice cream)
Basically, cheat days are welcomed. Stuff your face with all of what summer brings: ice cream, cold cut mangoes and seasonal fruit, dishes that remind you of summer back then during simpler times and all the nostalgia that comes with it.
But treating yourself doesn’t exactly limit yourself to food. Take care of yourself in other ways. Encompass all that makes you happy and see how you can put it in your schedule for the summer.
It’s just summer vacation vibes, wrapped up into one summer break bucket list. Just a small sheet of ideas and things you can do to bring that summer feeling into your life again, even if it’s not a few months off into a blissfully unburdened time. I mean, we all need to compromise somewhere right? Isn’t that what growing up is about? :)
Now the question is to just make sure we have fun whilst all the growing-up-adulthood-stuff is happening. That shouldn’t be too hard now, should it?
What are your plans for summer? What from this list will you take up? Or, what will you add?
Let me know! I personally will add early mornings, as odd as it may sound. There is this perfect temperature during summer that makes me feel like I get the best of both worlds, which only seems to come around at 7am in the morning. So be it! A little walk never hurt anyone and nor did a few extra hours to your day. :)
May all good things feel like summer,