It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-July and summer is halfway over. For us at the Road Less Traveled, summer is our special season—and the fact that we’ve already zoomed through half of it always comes as a surprise around this time of year. But because we realize time passes so quickly, we are reminded to slow down and savor the experiences we’re having, whether at home or away.
When you look back on this period in your life, will you feel like you accomplished something in the summer months? Did you learn something new, step out of your comfort zone, help someone, or go anywhere exciting? Did you savor the moments when you were doing something extraordinary? What about ordinary? Even the ordinary things this time of year can be exquisite and inspiring. Things like eating a hot dog fresh off the grill, feeling cool water on your toes, or watching a sunset.
You can do anything with your summers, and of course, we hope you’ll spend a part of them with us. We can cover the extraordinary part of your summer. (Just think—you could spend three weeks in Ecuador and the Galapagos practicing Spanish, snorkeling, and helping a local community in a small Andean town, scuba diving off the coast of Florida, or zip lining atop the Costa Rican jungle.) But so much of your summer is spent doing ordinary things. And we want your ordinary to be every bit as special because summers are short and life is short. So while you’re at home, catch some fireflies one night, run around barefoot, put a hammock up between two trees, have a water fight or play a game of pickup.
Home or away, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when you savor the moment. Being present and enjoying both the excitement and lulls of summer will slow down these precious months of longer days, warm weather and (hopefully) some time off from your yearlong activity (whether that be school, work or something else!). We want you to have fun, be goofy, and remember that even the most familiar of activities can become new and exciting when looked at from a fresh perspective.
This summer is only half over—there’s still plenty of time for you to make it count.