Live this summer like you did when you were a kid

It was the last week of class, and one of my students said to me, “I think the teachers are more excited about summer than we are.” I practically collapsed onto my desk and muttered, “That’s a correct assessment.”

Summer is here, and the energy behind no alarm clocks and post 8pm sunsets is contagious. No matter one’s age, there’s just something about summer. Anything is possible during the summer. It’s a time to relax, rejuvenate, and contemplate.

Perhaps it’s Pavlonian. Many adults still clock in during the summer months, but summer’s essence creeps into our bones anyway. I love watching children play in the sprinkler on a hot day, families out at night – later than would be allowed in the fall, and countless melting ice cream cones.

What kind of a summer kid were you?

Perhaps you were the summer camp kind. You’d sleep in a bunk with a bunch of your friends. It was essential that you and your buddies come up with the BEST skit for the last night. Any day was a good day if it included swimming in the lake.

Maybe you were the world traveler. You and your family pack your bags and head off (via plane or minivan) to some exotic destination – Paris, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, or Tulsa.

Or maybe you were like me. Get up whenever, go swimming in your neighbor’s pool, watch Days of Our Lives, and play in the yard until sundown. Sleep. Repeat.

However you spend your summer, it’s nice to have the pressure of school and set schedules lifted. It is a time to re-calibrate with oneself, and that’s important for both mental and physical health.

So, when the summer heat has you at your wit’s end, take a look around you. Mimic the kids. Wear flip-flops, read a book under a tree, but most of all, take care of yourself.

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