Do you ever get to the end of summer and then all of a sudden realize you didn’t get even half the amount of things done you would have liked to do? And then tried to do it all before summer ended? That’s totally what happened to me this past summer. It was my first summer completely off from work since I was 16 years old. It’s been a long time! I was determined to get a bunch of fun things done, and then a bunch of logical things, too.
I’m pretty sure I spent most of my summer on the couch watching TV. I have NO idea where my time went. At first, I was really bothered by the fact that I didn’t really have too much to show for my summer, besides some photos of rock climbing with the family, some instagram photos from the beach, and our trip to CT. I did get quite a few things done towards the end of summer, but not as much as I would’ve liked. I wanted to have read the entire HP series again. I wanted to do my Australia scrapbooks. I wanted to watch all my creativelive courses. I wanted to read a bunch of books for pleasure.
I gave myself a pretty hard time about it for about a week. Then, I realized that I NEVER take the time to just do nothing. Just to be. So, when I look back on my summer, I may not have done as much as I would’ve liked. But I did enough, because my body (and my mind) needed a break. When I really thought about it, I did more than I realized. I was still taking a grad course; I was interviewing at different schools until I landed a job; I cleaned and re-created a classroom; I went to an amazing photography workshop; I was blessed enough to be a part of some amazing weddings; I went rock climbing outdoors a few times; I celebrated my second wedding anniversary with my husband; and I went to the beach a few times (which is more than last year!).
Sometimes, I think as human beings we get caught up in thinking about all the things we DIDN’T do, that we don’t take the time to acknowledge all the things we actually did. Once I took the time to think about all the things I did, I felt much better.
If you ever get caught up feeling bad about what you didn’t do, I encourage you to think about what you did instead, and I’ll let you be the judge of whether or not it was a good or bad thing. I loved my summer, and I’m learning to realize that my body sometimes has other plans than what I have in mind, and I need to start listening to it better 🙂