Ever since we were kids, we’ve romanticized our summers. As the school year ended, we’d look forward and think of all the things we planned to do that summer: the books we’d read, the barbecues we’d enjoy, and the parties and beaches we’d go to. Even though summers are no longer three months of vacation for most of us, we haven’t stopped doing this. Come Labor Day, we realize how few of those things we’ve done, and start to get down on ourselves about it. Just like when we were kids.
Even though Labor Day has always been a day where we look back on our summers and wish we’d done more, something’s different now. We now use our Labor Day angst to reflect back on how glorious our summers were when we were younger and had those three months of freedom. We tend to think, those were the days! But, really, were our summers really ever all we wanted them to be? This Labor Day, we realized that our best summers aren’t behind us. They’re happening right now. Are you taking advantage of them?
- We actually have freedom now. Sure, when we were younger, we had three months away from the responsibility of school. But were we really free? Most of us didn’t have cars to go to the beach with our friends, so our options were pretty limited. And those barbecues we wanted to go to? Those were most likely get-togethers that our parents dragged us to, not something we chose for ourselves. Now that we’re old enough to drive ourselves places and form our own social circles, we’re finally free to spend our summers the way we truly want to. Maybe when we reflect on summer this Labor Day, we didn’t do as many of the things we’d hoped, but the ones we did get to do were way more satisfying than they were in our childhood.
- It’s easier than ever to find someone special to do the sorts of things you’ve always wanted to do. As kids, if there was something we were truly dying to do, all of our hopes depended on the friends we spent the dog days of summer with. If they didn’t feel like taking that road trip, or taking tennis lessons, or learning to surf at the beach, then we couldn’t either. It wasn’t easy to find people who would want to do those sorts of things with us. Now, thanks to social networking sites and dating apps, it’s easier than ever to find others looking to spend their summers doing the sorts of things you’ve always wanted to do. You now have the chance to finally live those summers you’ve always dreamed of, even if they’re only on the weekends. So why settle for doing whatever your friends want to do, like you did when you were 16? Get on Facebook and scope out events that sound interesting to you. Sign up for a dating site and mention how badly you’ve always wanted to go hiking on your profile. You’ll be surprised by how many people will want to go hiking with you!