Right around Memorial Day weekend, my blog reader and Instagram feed fill up with beautiful pictures of picnics at the beach and glamping trips in the woods. The images are beautiful, and the people in them are gorgeous, and they all focus on making this the ‘best summer ever!’
These posts end with a call to create a summer bucket list (and many of them have a cute printable). The idea is so that you can put down all of the fun things that you would like to do this summer to make sure you take advantage of the fleeting days of summer.
I am a list maker and planner by nature so summer bucket lists should be right up my alley, but dear Lord do they ever create an impending source of doom and a considerable amount of FOMO.
I hate that shit.
For the majority of us, the summer does not change our work schedule. Summers, at my day job, do not consist of Taco Truck Tuesdays and Early-Out-Fridays. We slow down a bit, but a Wednesday in July and Wednesday in February are usually pretty similar.
Gang, I want you to have the best summer ever, but if you are running around desperate to check things off your summer bucket list, you are not going to enjoy any of it.
This summer, I want you to try something different:
- Take some extra time off of work (if you are able).
- Go on a spontaneous road trip.
- Plant something.
- Go camping/hiking/biking at a state park near you.
- Sit outside in the sunshine with a book or magazine.
- Invite friends over for a super low key dinner.
Basically, I want you to make no plans. Accept invites if they sound fun, say no if they don’t.
And love it.