Here in Florida, we are in that certain part of
summer where you get to hear the question
“Hot enough for you yet?” posed a minimum
of twenty times a day…
I’ll let you guess the answer.
Lazy Days of Summer
Whether it is due to the heat or school being out,
summertime is often seen as a lazy time of year,
when not much new is going on. Vacations,
family reunions, hanging out by the pool or
patio, and in general moving at a slower pace.
Let’s Shake It Up!
But the slower pace of summer can also allow
you a little extra time to try something new:
take up a new hobby, learn a new language,
go for something completely different!
It’s not like you have to commit.
Just like a summer romance, when the
temperatures cool off, if you don’t find you’re
passionate about Portuguese or watercolors
or Portuguese watercolors, you can go back
to your regular routine in the Fall.
New Is Good For You
Learning something new is good for you
in so many ways. It makes your brain create
new neural pathways that may help to prevent
the onset of Alzheimers or dementia.
It can help to pull you out of depression, calm
your nervous system if you struggle with anxiety,
and boost your self-esteem and self-confidence.
And it gives you something interesting to tell
your friends and co-workers…”This summer I
learned how to play the Uilleann bagpipes!”
My Road Less Travelled
I have taken up writing poetry this summer,
something I haven’t done since I was a freshman
in college, and I am having an absolute blast!
It is making me stretch mentally and emotionally,
do additional reading and research on poetry and
poets, and I have renewed my friendship with my
old college buddy, Merriam Webster.
Now, that’s got to be good, right?
So, I’m doing something completely different.
What are you going to do this summer that
is completely different? Hmmmm?
Finally realized this incredible ache
I feel inside my heart was all along
my firm handshake with life.