Happy summer! Today marks the 1st day of summer 2016. The days get longer, the sun shines a lot brighter, and ice cold beers taste great on a hot day! Summer is the time to head down to your favorite beach to unwind after a long week of work.
Schools are out and restaurants are opening up their patios to provide outdoor seating for their customers. Summer is my all-time favorite season of the year. There are many reasons for why I look forward to the summer solstice starting. Here are a few good reasons for why summer is the BEST season of all time:
Days Get Longer: During the summer solstice, days get a lot longer than usual and the nights get shorter. Longer days means more excuse to stay outside longer. It’s always cool to watch the sun about to go down at 7:30 at night. Nowadays the sun sets around 8:30ish or so, providing you with a reason to stay up later!
Wearing Less Clothes: Hot days are the perfect excuse to wear less clothes outside. After being stuffed up in your house while wearing those long-sleeve shirts, it is so relieving to finally give your body the light of day. Soaking up your body with the sunshine feels good and is healthy for your mental/emotional health. One of my favorite past times is to sit outside in my underwear while sipping hot tea. Your body is a temple, not a prison! Take the time let that beautiful sunshine touch every part of your body.
Staying Outdoors More: Now that the weather is warmed up, you can find more reasons to get outside with your friends and family. You will start to feel guilty about staying indoors for your job, but most companies allow their employees to leave early to get outside more. Make the most of your summer by planning as much outdoor events as you can.
School’s Out: Alice Cooper sang it best: school’s out for summer, school’s out forever! Summer means millions of students are finally out of school for vacation. After all of that hard work you completed, you finally get out of those classrooms to hang out with your friends. No more pencils, no more books, no more dirty looks!
Camping: Ah, camping in the great outdoors! What better way to get back in touch with nature than pitching that tent and roasting marshmallows on an open fire? There are thousands of campgrounds for you and your family/friends to go for a camping trip. Camping is that quintessential vacation that you help you get closer to nature.
Beach/Oceans/Lakes/Other Bodies of Water: If you live close to any body of water, you should definitely spend time there during the summer. Lucky for me I live close to a few beaches near my apartments and it is always a blessing to lay out after an exhausting day. Spending some time out on the beach with your friends is a great activity if you just want to loaf around. Laying out on the beach is also a great time to get that tan you have been working on!
Outdoor Music Festivals: What do Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Electric Forest all have in common? They ALL take place outdoors! Summer is the perfect season to attend that music festival you and your buddies have been planning for months. Concerts are always fun, but attending a music festival outdoors is an experience like no other!
The Movies: Some days will be too hot to even go outside, so going to the movies is a PERFECT indoor activity. You and your friends can finally see that Captain America vs. Thor film you have been dying to see (or whatever superhero blockbuster Marvel is releasing these days!). There’s nothing like heading into that air-conditioned theater to see that awesome blockbuster movie on a hot or rainy day. Use up those rainy days to find the perfect movie to watch in theaters.
Traveling/Vacationing: Most people plan their vacations around the summer time since there are very few holidays to prepare for. Summer is the time to plan that cross-country road trip idea with your friends or that week-long trip to someplace you have never been to before. Whatever your destination is, summer is the perfect season to do some vacationing with your family/friends.