11 Mindful Tips: How to do Summer fully even if you’re Busy. | elephant journal: 11 Tips: How to do Summer Right.
Remember when we were children? Summer was endless, fun, full of possibility? Is it now just hot, busy, full of work with occasional parties or trips, and it all goes by too fast? Then this is for you.
When I was a boy, summer was all about…sun. The pool. Friends. Parties. Bicycling. Comic books. Counting change to buy a pack of baseball cards or play video games. No, I didn’t grow up in the 1950s. I grew up as a child, unrushed into adulthood.
Now, my summer starts in June and ends, seemingly, a week later. It’s
busy, hot, fast, indoors is freezing with AC, there’s some fun parties
and a few swims, and then suddenly the chill of Autumn hits and the
college kids are back and it’s over and I have to wait another year for
another summer and the chance that I’ll do it right.
So, this summer, I’ll take 40 years of tips and share those with you, if
only to remind myself to Carpe Diem the hell out of this summer.
1. Don’t drive.
If you have to drive, drive less. Get on a bus, bike to work (you can
put your bike on a bus, usually), walk if you can—try to move yourself
when you move. Take the stairs, instead of the elevator. Park a block or
two away from wherever you’re going. Do anything you can to get
yourself outside, with nothing over your head (no car roof) but the sky
and trees and sunshine.