I’ve been waiting for this day since last September when the fall equinox marked the end of another summer. This morning at 6:02 when the sun rose in the Northern Hemisphere, we were already almost six hours into summer solstice, which began at 12:24 A.M. EDT. Summer is my season. I believe there is a reason I was born in August, one of the hottest months of the year. I enjoy the sun and all of the connotations of summer. I am fascinated with warm weather and all of its accoutrements–sundresses, sandals, sunglasses, and the like, and have even put traveling to Stonehenge during summer solstice on my bucket list.
I also discovered that instead of today being the only longest day of the year, we can enjoy exactly 14 hours and 56 minutes of daylight Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with each day giving us sunrise at 6:02 A.M and sunset at 8:58 P.M.
As a kid whenever there was a warm day before summer break, I would think about all of the things I would do during that time without homework, except for the obligatory “What I Did This Summer” composition.
In that same vein, over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on some ideas of how I would get the most out of these 93 days. Here are three of the commitments I’ve made:
- To conquer 10,000 steps every day. I can no longer use excuses like, the days are too short or the weather outside is too chilly. I am going to get up, get out, and get moving more regularly and will be tracking my progress daily to keep myself accountable.
- To engage in a creative activity every day. I enjoy writing, coloring, painting, singing, crafting, scrapbooking, gardening, and a host of other activities. I plan to feed my inner creative this summer with at least one activity every day.
- To enjoy the outdoors every day. I’m thinking about meetings and meals, as well as other ways I can celebrate the sun. I’m even thinking about getting a special mat to throw in the car as a reminder to go outside to meditate or read or sun bathe, if I am so inclined.
When I write my summer paper at the end of these 93 days, I want to be able to say that I made this my best summer ever!