I don’t know about you, but as an adult… summer has lost some of it’s splendor. It’s not shiny, exciting and full of promise the way it used to be.
There’s no “last day of school” to kick it off. Remember that feeling you had going to school for the last day of the year without any books and just signed all your friends’ yearbooks?
There is no “summer vacation”. I don’t get to take the summer off to just ride my bike around the neighborhood and go to the beach.
I can’t go see a movie in the middle of the day. Well, I guess I could, but I’m pretty sure my employer wouldn’t be thrilled with me for disappearing for two hours to watch Jurassic World.
My social calendar isn’t what it used to be. As a kid, it used to be a full schedule of pool parties and camping trips. Now it’s full of wedding and baby showers.
Bills, bills, bills. I have to pay all my own bills, so when it’s approximately the temperature of the sun in my bedroom and I need to crank the AC, I can say bye-bye to the money I would have spent on ice cream.
Now I’m just “weird” and “inappropriate”. And speaking of ice cream, it’s apparently no longer acceptable for me to chase the ice cream truck down the street, arms flailing, screaming that I need a Choco Taco (FYI that doesn’t stop me from doing it).
Kids don’t care about appearance. As a child, I didn’t have to worry about stretch marks, acne, and how I look apale and awful in a bikini. Now the stress of prepping for bathing suit season straight up prevents me from putting one on in public.
But there IS one upside. No school buses clogging up my route to work, meaning my commute is a little bit shorter. WOOHOO!
I kid, I kid. There’s more than one reason to appreciate summer as an adult. We get to choose our own schedules and don’t have to rely on an adult to drive us around. We can roast marshmallows over a fire pit and not need adult supervision. And we can truly appreciate gorgeous summer sunsets (since it’s not past our bedtime and we’re actually awake for them).
I don’t want to feel so meh about summer, so I decided that I would make a summer bucket list so that I have things to look forward to:
ο Visit the Cape (I’m already one step closer on this – vacation down the Cape is planned for next month!)
ο Go to a fair or festival (purely for the people watching… and funnel cake)
ο Get as many lighthouse pictures as possible. In Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine… wherever!
ο Get a photo of the sunrise on the coast
ο Make lobster rolls at home
ο Drink wine and relax in my Adirondack chair on Lake Boon
ο Spot a whale (be it on a tour or from the coast)
√ Take a mini road trip – Done! Drove to the “hairpin turn” and back along the Mohawk Trail and stopped to see the sights (covered bridges, The Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA, etc. – that’s the first picture in this post!)
ο Try one new restaurant each month
ο Make an appearance on BuzzFeed
ο Take at least one mountain hike
ο Visit Castle Island
ο Visit World’s End State Park
ο Visit Maudslay State Park
ο Visit Acadia National Park
ο Take a trip up to Vermont to see friends
ο Go to a drive-in movie theater
ο Go to the zoo
Enough about me… what’s on your summer bucket list?