School actually hasn’t even gotten out yet for me, but I like to plan ahead. I have quite a few goals that I think other teenagers or anyone should share. So here we go, in no particular order.
- Swim in a lake or ocean.
I’m really into swimming, and getting back to nature is really important. I feel more comfortable in a pool than, say, a lake, but summer is about adventure and leaping out of your comfort zone.
- Learn an instrument.
I already and moderately proficient at guitar and violin, so while I improve on those, I might try my skill at viola or piano. And shouts out to Golden who, as I write this, is renting a cello to learn over the summer to add to her repertoire.
Get caught up on a show or seven.
I don’t generally watch a lot of tv, but that’s because I don’t have the time. Well here’s plenty of time coming up to catch up on Supernatural and maybe Vikings, as well as trying to find recordings of Wicked and Newsies.
- Get caught in the rain.
Wow, aren’t I the romantic? But seriously, it’s really fun to just be a kid for a moment and go out and get soaked and splash in puddles and just run around in the warm summer rain. Then you go inside and everything is cozy and nice.
- Have a movie marathon with friends.
I need to have a Lord of the Rings marathon with some friends, some of whom have never seen it (scandalous, right?). It’s also great on a rainy day to just meet up with friends and each bring a great movie the others haven’t seen. Don’t forget popcorn and Mountain Dew!
- Make an art project.
Some people say they aren’t artsy, but hey, you might as well give it a go, and if it all goes wrong, everyone is more forgiving and easy going in summer. I’m currently torn between knitting decorative pillows, or painting a wall hanging in Gallifreyan (I’ll probably do both).
- Go camping.
THIS IS ESSENTIAL. I don’t care if you go backpacking on the Appalachian Trail or take a trailer to a campground or just go pitch a tent in your backyard. Getting outside is healthy and just plain old fun. Smores of some sort are a requirement.
- Get back to reading.Another time-related issue. I never have a lot of time to read during the school year, and I still have summer reading between years, but it’s just so nice to catch up on a series or read a big fat novel while sitting under a tree. On my personal summer list I’ve got Les Miserables (which I’ve read less than 20% of), Pride and Prejudice, Clockwork Princess, and what books of the Mortal Instruments series I haven’t read (and wow City of Bones gets a movie finally! August!) . I’m sure there are many others, but I’ll figure that out later.
- Get in shape.
I know a lot of people who just sit on their butts all summer, and I respect that that’s their choice, but with this time and weather, why not get in shape? People have different goals for their bodies, and that’s cool. Some exercise to lose weight, some to gain, some to strengthen, or to increase flexibility or stamina. Set a goal and get out there and reach it! Don’t forget water.
- Get messy.
I suppose this goes with playing in the rain, but hey, no guts no glory. Rolling in a mud pit is ideal, and is actually amazing for one’s skin. But coming home from an adventure is the best way to come home. The person who stands by and refuses to wade in the stream, to jump the fence, to crawl in the dirt is missing out. Don’t be the kid who watches their friends making memories and having a blast. That kid is no fun. Gauge fun in dirtiness. Growing up doesn’t mean forgetting how to be a kid.
have a productive, relaxing, lazy, exciting, fun, amazing summer!