By: Amy Kozikowski
As I’ve gotten older I have noticed that summer loses some of its sweetness when you have to work all day, and when you do get a day off it usually looks like laundry and chores around the house.
If you’re anything like me, when you’re on break at work or maybe just get home, you start scrolling through Instagram and seeing all your friends posts about their beach trip, honeymoon, family vacation, or weekend adventure to the mountains. And then all of a sudden you find yourself feeling sad and maybe even depressed that you aren’t doing those same things.
One of my favorite things about summer is being able to disconnect.
Now, this isn’t to say that you can’t disconnect in the dead of winter or in the peak of fall. But there is just something about the summer that screams personal growth. There’s something about sitting on your back porch or balcony in the early morning, while the sun is still low enough to allow a cool breeze, the streets haven’t yet filled up with noisy cars and busy people, and you are able to take a breath of fresh air. It may seem small, and maybe even sound too poetic to fit into your busy schedule, but it is often necessary.
No matter how wrapped up in the responsibilities of 9-5 business we get, it is important that we always find time to take that deep breath of fresh air. To disconnect from our devices as much as we can, to quit wishing we lived someone else’s adventure and to find peace and joy in falling in love with our own.
Maybe you’re not climbing a beautiful mountain in a different country or kicking up sand on an island miles away, but maybe you had an amazing dinner with your significant other at a new spot you found in town, or maybe you got early morning coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in months. Maybe you got to turn all your alarms off and spend a sunny morning just lying in your bed, slowly waking up and enjoying the morning.
Remember that summer doesn’t have to be packed full of trips and activities to occupy every weekend on the calendar. Don’t neglect yourself this summer. Do something that you need to do for you. Disconnect. And enjoy the moments that pass by all too quickly.