Friday, July 24, 2009

The Summer of Me

Back when I decided to unapologetically embrace myself, I decided that this summer was going to be different. While I have always loved summer, for the most part summers have become like every other time of the year. Over time my favorite season lost some of its magic, the appeal that made me feel as if I didn’t have a care in the world and that I had completely exhausted myself using every last fiber of my being to revel in the splendor of it all. . I stopped fully enjoying all summer had to offer and instead managed to squeeze what I could in the 48 hours the weekend provided me. Sure it was still fun, but there was still something missing.

In May I unofficially declared it the Summer of Me. I was determined to pack every ounce of fun I could into this summer. I told myself I was only going to do what made me happy, not let myself be pulled into 110 different directions of what people thought I should be doing or how people thought I should be acting. I was going to attempt to recapture some of the magic of summer. Sure I have a full time job and can’t just spend the entire afternoons meandering around town on my bike playing kick the can with my friends, but I can go out with friends and have a spectacular time doing things we enjoyed when we were younger.

This summer has found me riding in a paddle boat with my best friend, seeing how close we can get to the big fountain in the middle without getting wet (and failing miserably). Its found me playing miniature golf at twilight shaking my head with laughter at the realization my game has not improved with age. I’ve played laser tag in black light with a bunch of 14 year olds who thought it was cool that an “adult” would still want to play such a game. I’ve spent countless evenings and many afternoons on my deck simply reading and soaking up the sunshine. I’ve gone to some great outdoor concerts with my friends where I didn’t worry about how late I stayed out. My mom and I have spent several Saturday’s or Sunday’s in Pittsburgh wandering through the cultural district, enjoying brunch at a little outdoor cafĂ©, just taking in the sights and sounds of a city we don’t spend nearly enough time in all before taking in a play. I’ve gone to a midnight viewing of the latest Harry Potter movie and out for dessert afterwards, just because I could.

While at the four day event last weekend, a friend inquired about plans for the next few months. I rattled off another handful of concerts, trips to visit dear college friends, dinners with acquaintances I haven’t seen in a long time, possible weekend road trips still in the planning stages. Her reaction was, “Wow, don’t you ever stop?” There are plenty of evenings I do nothing but unwind, but there are some evenings where I don’t get home and fall into bed until well after midnight. Does it leave me exhausted? Of course it does, but that’s what summer’s supposed to be about. Living with such an intensity and vigor that you use up everything and start over again the next day. As July draws to a close, I am happy to say that I have enjoyed just about every minute of this summer and am looking forward to the next few with excited anticipation. I am squeezing everything I can into the next few months and there is so much more that I want to do, even if its as simple as not doing anything at all with my best friend.

I was so excited and happy to see another blogger friend declare the Summer of Her starting yesterday. A few of you others have unofficially declared it the Summer of You in your own ways possibly without knowing it. So if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? Get out there and recapture the magic of summer for yourself!

13 comments:

nory said...

Not that one should plan blog posts per se, but I have my summer of me post going up on Monday if I can help it =) And it's all because of you! I have to get through Monday night's final and then it's all about me and I don't really care how selfish that sounds =)

Miniature golf = I haven't played in years. Will definitely add that to the list!

Ashley said...

This all sounds so wonderful. I'm happy that you have found a way to make yourself happy and enjoy summer to the fullest. :)

wekeepsaying said...

you are my inspiration today :)

Auburn Kat said...

You have had a busy summer....but a fun one!

RebeccaC said...

I am super jealous of your summer. And the lazer tag.

reederscorner said...

Wow - it sounds like you're having a great summer and you still have a month to go!!!

chickbug said...

Love, love, love this. I agree with wekeepsaying: you are my inspiration.

Kyla Roma said...

Love this sentiment! I think I unofficially have one too- I'm calling mine the summer of starting over =)

I'm so glad you're taking the time to have an amazing summer experience, and why not keep the pace at least a little frantic- we have all winter to recover, right?

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

LOVE this post!!! This summer was SUPPOSED to be the "Summer of Me" but that has kind of gotten sidetracked. Maybe I will declare August the "August of Me" :-)

amanda said...

i ADORE your writing. i know that i can always count on your posts to put me in such an inspirational/feel good/motivated kind of mind.

something about the way you put things makes me want to jump in a big huge pile of glitter!

xoxoxo

cheers to a happy summer of you!

Ashley said...

Oh, my little heart jumped at the words "paddle boat." I need some of that in my summer!

Katie said...

I love it. Thank you for reminding me this can happen as an adult. I was just thinking how much I miss being a kid during the summer.

Thank you for having a summer of you.

awmb said...

Thank you for being able to love things that 14 year olds do! I have also had a brilliant summer. Not enough traveling or beach time, but I've been gallivanting on ma bicyclette for the most part, and going to this cute park by my house. It's the little things that count, so don't waste them.