“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.” ― Deb Caletti
Try thinking of these scenarios:
(1) You remember dreading on that last chapter of the book your professor instructed you to read; You were so tired that you cannot open your eyes and just wishes to lie in your bed even just for an hour, no, just make it a couple of minutes before you start that piling paper works on your desk. (2) You have a deadline in your office and you’ve been rendering overtime since last week; you have no social life and you’re sleep-deprived. You’ve been wishing for an official holiday just for you to have an ample amount of rest. (3) You’ve been working hard, all day and all night. You make breakfast for your family, you do the shopping and groceries, you do the laundry and iron clothes, you pick your kids to school, help them with their homework, cook dinner and do the dishes again, rest for the night and then back to the same routine tomorrow. Having these mundane tasks over and over again will surely make you weary and tired. But hey! Once in a while, you need to take a break, or else you might be burned out. These tasks are inevitable, and you have no choice but to do it over and over again. As daunting as they may seem, they are already a part of our everyday life. However, we have good news for you! You can all put aside all the things you’ve been doing because it’s time for you to laid back and rest. And oh, did we just say that it’s already summer? And what’s the best thing to do than to have the best summer vacation ever! Whether you’ll do it with your family, friends, loved ones, or you prefer going solo, you have to embrace yourself and do wonderful things this summer! Here are some of the things and ideas that you might enjoy doing this summer.
1 . Go and take a dip in a pool or better yet, in a beach!
What’s summer without a splash in a water? Get yourself hydrated and tanned at the same time by dipping yourself in a pool or in a beach! Drag along your family or barkada and have a wonderful time together.
2 . Improve thy talent!
When you are a teenager at school, a yuppie in the office or a mom at home, you can always improve those hidden talents, especially now that summer has arrived. You can enroll in an acting workshop, combined with singing and dancing. Or you can enroll in a music school, if you are so much into music. Moms and ladies could try to be a better chef by enrolling to a culinary school. Working professionals could do yoga classes to relieve their stress and tensions in their offices. There are many things that you can do and learn within the two-month summer vacation. You just have to manage your time well and make sure that you also enjoy what you’re doing.
|Learn how to bake cupcakes by enrolling to a summer course in culinary|
3 . Travel more
Summer is the time to always hit the road and go somewhere else. After all, you can’t do travelling more often when rainy season comes. Summer is the perfect time to pack your things and wander in different places. Travelling allows you to see the world while being yourself. It allows you to grow more, learn the culture and traditions of different places and discover more about yourself. Summer is here not for you to be a couch potato, but it’s here for you to enjoy and make the most out of it. So it’s time for you to pack your bags, put on your favorite clothes, wear your sunnies and enjoy the heat of the sun.
|Take some time off this summer and discover new places in summer|
4 . Do volunteer works
Summer is best spent if it’s worth the cause. If you like to deviate from the usual outings, why not spend summer doing charity and volunteer works? Organize a feeding and medical program in your nearby area, or sign up for a tree planting activity. Or you can just simply make kids and adult smile by visiting them in welfare institutions and read them books and do gardening with them. You need not to spend a lot or go to very far places just to make a memorable summer. You can always share your time, knowledge and humor to those who are greatly in need of care and affection.
|Aside from having a relaxing summer vacation, make time to do some meaningful duties.|
5 . Bond with your family
We have been all busy, yes, we know that. The grueling tasks in the office and the demanding paper works we had at school lessen the time we can spend with our families. We are working every day, sometimes, even on Sundays. But it shouldn’t always stay that way. We should also learn to manage our time, relax and unwind with our family. They have been supportive of our endeavors and we might not be able to reach where we are right now and what we have if not because of their encouragement to us. Let’s treat our parents, sisters, brothers, grandpas and grandma’s, niece and nephew a relaxing vacation somewhere else. If our budget limits us, then we can just opt to have a comforting staycation in our place. Have movie every night, eat popcorns or chips dipped in salsa sauce, make pizza or bake some cupcakes, eat halo-halo and lay all night in the make shift bed in your living room. How cool is that! You can also be more physical by engaging in sports, or biking in your subdivision. You have plenty of options to choose from, as long as the whole family can enjoy, it’s not a problem whether or not you went outside Manila.
|Family time is always the best thing you can have this summer|
6 . Have yourself a ‘me-time’
The past months saw you worked hard. You’ve been enduring a lot of hardships and you have sacrificed a lot, including a quality time for yourself. When was the last time you had a haircut? Do you still have time for a relaxing manicure and pedicure? Do you still get to hang out with your friends? Have you been to a shopping mall and buy clothes and other essential stuff? Think about this: If you can’t go somewhere else this summer because of your busy schedule in school or work, you can just at least allot a time for yourself. Dine in your favorite restaurant or fast food; shop clothes, bags, shoes and other necessities for yourself and your family; visit famous places within your reach; watch movie in a movie house; go to museums; go to church and other worship places; visit an orphanage; read a book; write a novel. These are some of things you can actually do this summer without spending too much money, and at the same time, allowing yourself to grow. This is also the perfect time for you to reflect and make a better version of yourself.
|Find your inner joy and peace this summer|
Whatever your plans this summer, make sure that it will bring out the best in you. Have fun and always seek adventures. Summer is an inevitable part of the year, and so with our life. As the Swedish proverb puts it, “A life without love is like a year without summer”, which actually insinuates that life is incomplete without life, much like the year is incomplete without the summer season. So go on, have fun and make this summer the best summer of your life. Indulge into greatness and discover many great things!