“And so, with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, ‘The Great Gatsby’
Summer has been hailed as the headliner for all seasons for many a year. We all love the summer! Sure, the other seasons have many virtues, but nothing beats the brightness, the positivity, the outdoor connections, the joy in the warm breeze that comes with the Summer months.
So, if you are feeling down, despite the lovely weather… let us remind you what is so wonderful about the here and now, and what you can appreciate and enjoy this Summer season should your mood require a lift!
1. Hot Weather, Cold Swimming Pool
You know, when you’ve been out in the sun for a bit? And it was really fun for a while, but now you’ve been a bit too hot for just a bit too long? Well, there is nothing that rectifies this situation better than a plunge into a wonderfully cool swimming pool. The coolness of the water swoops over your body, and as you look up the sunlight twinkles at you from above the water. Then you climb out, return to your deckchair, and the sun dries your skin and your costume in mere minutes. A joy.
2. Long Cool Drinks
When you are hot and bothered, or a little parched from the summer heat, nothing beats a long cold drink. I don’t even mean anything fancy necessarily. Honestly, there are times when ice-cold water tastes like the most phenomenal drink in the world. That being said, an ice-cold beer, or a chilled cocktail, the condensation gently sliding down the glass, is a real treat when it is hot.
3. Everything Looks Better in The Sun
I think that everything looks better in the sun. I live in the city, and cities can feel pretty miserable and oppressive when the weather is rotten. However, as soon as the sun comes out, the light bouncing off every building, the atmosphere on the streets much more jovial, the whole place transforms. People and places just seem happier in the sun.
There is much more green in the world. Spring brings blossom, Summer brings leaves. I live on a tree flanked street that is spindly and barren in the winter months. Then the summer comes around, and the trees become abundant with greenery and fruit. Nature is at its most inviting, most energetic, and most vibrant during the Summertime.
5. Light Evenings
I don’t know about you, but there is a part of my brain which declares the day over as soon as the sun goes down. The Summer means evenings that are light until late, which makes for a much more productive ‘me’. It also tends to mean that I am in my homeless, being more inclined to spend time outdoors later into the day.
6. The Ease of Going Outdoors
Not only do we want to be outdoors more often in the Summer, but it is also so much easier to get outdoors. There’s much less admin. Cut to December, and you need layers! Coats, hats, jumpers, and gloves… also an umbrella, just in case, or a change of socks in case you get soaked. None of that is a problem if it’s warm and sunny. No extra layers required! Indeed, sometimes, if I’m just popping over the road to the common, I don’t even bother with shoes!
7. New Possibilities
At the time of writing, this post will make its way out into the world at a time when the pandemic restrictions are due to be removed very soon. This Summer will be unlike any Summer before or since, because it, hopefully, is going to be the time when everybody finally gets to continue with their lives as before (kind of). For some people, it will be the beginning of a brand-new chapter and the opening of a door to a land of fresh opportunity. So, if this Summer is that for you, cherish it, appreciate it, and remember the significance of the freedom that this Summer is due to allow us once again.
By Chris Thomson
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