I really had a nice summer. When I think back over it, I can’t help but smile remembering the high-lights; those days, and moments that will linger beyond the sunshine and warm temperatures. I think that what made all the difference for me was shifting my perspective on summer. The child in me always longs for a summer that is 2 months long; the adult in me longs for a summer vacation, a week (or two!) of no responsibilities and an opportunity to taste of that endless summer. And every summer, I seem to end up saying, “maybe next summer…” as life seems to get in the way of the dream.
This summer however, was different. I knew very early on that there would be no real summer vacation, and after about a month into it, I also knew that I had to do something about it. What I ended up doing was shifting my perspective on what I thought a summer vacation should look like. Instead of having a week of days, I arranged to have one more day a week (two days in a row!) off. Bruce did the same, and we were able to have a real taste of summer for several weeks. We also scheduled a full week at the very end of the summer, to really unplug from the work world and even though our timing coincided with hurricane Irene, we were able to relax and enjoy our family and home.
As we move into cooler weather and life gets even busier, maybe a shift in your perspective will provide you with a little more time to enjoy the simple pleasures and joys that will last beyond the next season.
For me, I am glad for the memories of beach babies, beach walks and beach bikes; for sunglasses in the ocean, mahimahi turned grouper, and laughter with friends; and for my front porch partner at the beginning and end of the day. I know that next summer will be even better!