This is the summer of your life

mindfulness, summer

On childhood summer evenings I would sit by the breeze of my open bedroom window listening to the symphony of the season. The laughter of those children still allowed to play out, the kicking of balls in the park and shouting to friends. Birdsong soared high amongst the barbecue smoke whilst the clinking of glasses accompanied grown-ups chatter below.

How bittersweet those balmy nights, a loveliness and still a longing. A longing for a time when the days would be mine, the laughter my own in a no-bedtime, no-rules, me-time-all-the-time kind of way.

So now, I have arrived. And you have too. Here we are, exactly where we wanted to be back then. This day is ours, this night is ours and it’s us who makes those rules. We made a promise to ourselves that when we got here we would embrace those evenings with all our being, feel the warmth of the sun on our face, that now would be that time.

And yet, how easy it is to shift those jumper goal posts, lost in the mourning mind of summers gone or the longing mind of summers to come. But it is not going to get any better than this, now is the only place we get to experience anything because it is always now. There will, of course, inevitably be the perfect-house-bigger-garden summer that lives in our heads. The one where a slightly thinner and more attractive version of ourselves has our hair windswept whilst driving our top-down Aston Martin. The next holiday, the next job, the next relationship, next month or next summer, that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The wanderings of the mind can trick us into believing that the next lick of the ice cream will taste better than this one. So remember to savour the flavour of this moment. There is little point saving happiness for best like Grandmas crockery.

Feel this summer, own it, squeeze the juice out of it. You have arrived at your destination; this is the summer of your life.

It is always the summer of your life should you choose it to be.

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “This is the summer of your life

  1. I took me to arrive at the Autumn of my life to appreciate that I had arrived at my destination: the summer of my life.
    I no longer need worry about being C’s mother or the good corporate wife . I can savour my life and time and no longer hurry forward to appease others’ needs .
    I’m loving the summer of my life

    Like

  2. This is absolutely lovely, and brings back many happy memories of summers passed. Summer offers so many possibilities to go out of the ordinary and have fun. We are just settling into the routine of visits to the farm stand and breakfasts with fresh cantaloupe; dinners with huge slices of tomato. Although it is now ‘us’ making the rules, I find that the heat and the humidity, biting bugs and other factors keep me more indoors than out. As much as the illusion of total freedom beckons, there are always limits on those freedoms- even if they are generated solely in our own minds. Best wishes, WG

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s