When my brother was in high school, our parents told him to get a summer job. My sister and I had held summer jobs to start saving for things we wanted and for college, so it was only natural that they would expect the same from him.
Brother saw things differently and introduced the concept of having a real summer. Rather than holding down a job, he would hang with the fellas, skateboard, go to the pool, stay up late doing fun stuff, sleep most of the day and do whatever he wanted. I don’t remember my parents going for this concept.
I appreciated the concept of a real summer and every year I find ways to balance work, because I enjoy all that my paycheck provides, and having my version of a real summer. Last year I used my vacation days to be off every Friday. I spent at least one day every weekend on a paddle board on the lake. Some weekends I went out all three days. There is nothing like having Friday lunch on an island.
This year I thought about how I would have a real summer and created a few goals:
1. Use my vacation days to have three day weekends from mid-August 2. Paddle, Paddle, Paddle 3. Make new paddle friends to increase opportunities for paddling 4. Time outdoors reading, preferably in the pool on the shady farm porch 5. Balance weekends between paddling and time on the farm with my parents and the horses 6. Time with friends outdoors, preference given to activities or locations that can include my dog 7. Watch Grease, Top Gun and Dirty Dancing at least once. 8. Dance around the house to the selections from the above soundtracks (link below.)
This is it, this is what I really, really want for my real summer. When I start to plan something I refer to my goals. If it does not feed my goals, I’m saying no. I have learned the hard way that doing something just because it could be fun, “good for me”, or is what I’ve always done, it takes me away from what I really want to bring into my life.
Real Summer Soundtrack to put on shuffle, turn it up LOUD and sing and dance your heart out!https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4L86SnNdRbNTNMwsg7Sic6?si=7ddb30794ff14839