When Jessica and I were wandering along on a hot summer morning recently it dawned on me that we are now quickly approaching the official beginning of summer. Someone must have forgotten to tell the weather that we are still in spring though, because our temperatures are already flirting with summer heat. Being a student with a part time position in a research centre I will have excess time on my hands when summer comes around. Being me, vast quantities of time that lack direction play havoc with my mental health. I need goals. I need a little bit of direction, or at least a purpose in my wandering. I need to feel that I have worked to nourish every part of myself.
I think Margaret Thatcher put it best:
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it”.
Next year when I look back at this coming summer I want to feel that those warm long days meant something, that I built something under the sunshine and stars, and have memories that satisfy my summer longings when winter rolls around again.
So, I made a list:
- Have a weekend away at the beach before (one of) my best friend’s wedding
- Do the Cape Byron Lighthouse walk
- Go to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
- Make a blueberry pie
- Go to a session of the open air cinema
- Spend a day as a tourist in my own city
- Preserve some of the summer harvest for next winter: jam? peaches? tomato sauce?
- Go for a run in the rain
- Try my hand at making ice cream
- Explore some exciting writing opportunities…
For my southern hemisphere friends, what are your plans for summer this year? Any suggestions for me? And, my northern hemisphere friends, how will you be making the most of your winter days?