As the summer break has started for some and is hours away for others, I hope we all stop for a moment and feel the sunshine on our faces. As Darell Hammond once said, “Aaah, summer — that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.”
As a child I remember swimming lessons and escaping to the cool basement to watch summer shows on TV. I remember jumping in my neighbour’s pool and going to the beach. I remember fireworks and reading lots of library books. But most of all, I remember the sunrises stretching into starlight without structure. Each day was a new, unplanned adventure.
There is a bit more scheduling these days of course. But as we plan our trips and dance competitions, cabin rentals and pool side games, I hope we all keep adventure at the top of our list. When we move outside our comfort zone we end up learning more than we could ever imagine.
As Jawaharlal Nehru once said, “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
Our family is off on our own adventure and I’ll be back to chat with you all shortly. In the meantime, eat the foods you like, spend time with the people you love, read books that will take you away to another world, and try something new every chance you get. As Omar Khayyam once said, “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”