Alright, I'll be honest: I didn't really plan on writing another post in July seeing as how I'm still struggling with that broken ankle but the fabulous Professor Z has this wonderful linkup going on called The Professor's Monthly Homework Assignment and I just couldn't resist.
It's about summer and it's hosted by one of my favorite art historians on
the internet! How could I say no?! Besides, it's a homework assignment!! Those
things are serious business to this student. You can't pass those up. Mom would
not approve! Haha anywho, the prompt is: how do you survive
the dog days of summer?
Well, that's a really good question. As a kid, I used to waste away my
summer being the epitome of laziness and sloth. Stuck at home, I'd just sleep
in until noon, eat junk food, sit around with books (later the internet), and
watch TV. But that never really felt good or fulfilling. I always looked back
at those summers and thought "Gosh what did I do?! I was so unproductive
and boring! I didn't even make any good memories!"
So a few summers ago, I decided to change that up and took a class over
summer. And OMG. I loved it! I felt like I was doing something worthwhile with
my time plus I had an excuse to learn! It was great! (Classes in summer
are also cool because it’s easier to make friends and the teacher can help you
more) But I don't think the solution is simply “taking class”, I think it’s
easier than that. To me, the real key is finding a fun way to keep yourself
busy. Be that in whatever way you wish. I knew a girl who’d spend all summer
going to music concerts and finding new bands or my coworker who likes to take road trips with her best friend in summer (“mini-adventures”
as she calls them). It's
totally up to you how you spend your time but if you're caught up in something
good, you won't even notice the time go by!
Like, classes hasn't always been my thing. That just happens to be what I’m
focusing on this summer. Past summers I've done stuff like volunteer, help with
research projects, participate in religious traditions (fasts, holidays, etc.),
at weddings, party planning, travelling, etc. The list goes on. I think the secret
is to just get really absorbed in something else and then summer will be over
before you know it ‘cause you’re enjoying yourself! Or you can break your ankle
and get crutches. That makes the time go by as well. But I wouldn’t recommend
that. Trust me, that one’s not fun.
Here are some photos from my class this summer in case you're interested.
Well anyhow, that’s how I make it through the dog days of summer. What about
you? Do you have any good tips for beating those tough summer days (besides
air-conditioning)? Let me know in the comments below! :) Have a fabulous day!