When I was younger, I vividly remember counting down the days until school let out and summer vacation was in full swing. In my head, I made very concrete plans with myself to swim every day, watch a TON of Sponge Bob Squarepants, and hang out with my friends.
Now, my plans include playing hooky from work at least twice to go to the beach (shhh… don’t tell my boss), stay up later than I should at a bonfire, and eat an obscene amount of s’mores.
Things change as we grow older but that doesn’t mean we have to enjoy summer too much differently than we did when we were small children.
I know, I know… We don’t get summer vacation in the typical terms, but who says we have to act like adults on the days we do get off from work?
Make it a point this summer to act like a kid again.
Challenge a child to a sand castle building competition (Bonus points if the child you challenge isn’t your own).
Run after an ice cream truck. Goodness, remember the joy you felt when you were swimming or hanging out in your backyard and the sweet sounds of “Do Your Ears Hang Low” infiltrated your eardrums? If you were anything like I was, you probably jumped up from wherever you were, started yelling, “MOOOOM!!! DAAADD!!!! I NEED A DOLLAR!!!!” then ran at top speed down the street chasing after the vehicle, clenching money in your tiny fist. (Bonus points if you’re with a friend when you hear the truck coming and you’re the first one to reach the vehicle).
Ride a bike. Okay, this isn’t necessarily a “kid” activity, but who am I kidding? I haven’t ridden a bike in YEARS. This is the perfect summertime activity to do on your own, with friends or with your family. (Bonus points if you purchase a bicycle horn and basket to attach to your bike).
Set up a lemonade/whatever stand. This is my personal favorite because when I was in high school (Yes… HIGH SCHOOL) a friend and I decided to forego the typical lemonade stand and instead, we set up a Toast Stand. The combination of smart advertising, firm managerial skills, and perfectly buttered bread enabled us to make a fortune–a whopping $16. (Bonus points if you sell something other than lemonade… yes, I’m biased).
Buy some sidewalk chalk. Coax out the inner artist in you and get your hands dirty with a little sidewalk chalk. There are few things better than getting on your hands and knees and creating your own Van Gogh-ish masterpiece. (Bonus points if you create something that takes up your entire driveway or sidewalk outside of your home).
Age means absolutely, positively nothing in the grand scheme of well… anything.
Reconnect with your inner child and forget about responsibilities, chores and the office for a day or two.
Your mind and spirit will thank you for it
This post was written by Kate Fodera. Contact Kate at Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org
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