4 Secrets to Putting the “Break” Back Into Your Summer

By Monica Wilcox

If there were a season for “Rockiní Life”, donít you think it would have to be summer? †No one remembers having a steamy spring romance. No one fantasizes about long winter road trips or the dog-eared days of fall. To experience summer is to dip a long, pink, curly straw into the marrow of life. To taste life’s succulent joys until youíve slurped yourself straight into fall. Summer is spittiní watermelon seeds, peeling shoulders, blackberry stained lips, and cool-colored waterholes. Are you ready to really live it?

Who declared that one has to be eight or eighty to seriously take in the sunny season? Who decided summer break was only for school children? †Donít we deserve it as much as that sun burnt kid selling overpriced lemonade on the corner! I donít care if you’re sitting in sweats, panty hose, or a striped tie, youíre entitled to make some serious memories out of summer 2011. Iím giving you permission to break out, break down, and break free, because weíve only got 93 days left to do it.

Hereís The How:

Summer Loviní - Happens so fast because we havenít got the time for legalities and negotiation. †Itís the season to leap from the cliff and plummet yourself straight into the throes of love. But a summer fling doesnít always have to be about another person. In the summer of my 11th year I †discovered Flying Saucers down at the Tasty Freeze. Every afternoon, in the heat of the day, you could have found me strolling into the Freeze for a butterscotch Saucer. Remember that summer you discovered the magic of tadpoles? The skating rink? Find something, or someone, new to lose yourself in for the next few months.

Summer, Summer, Summertime - Time to sit back and unwind. Do you remember the last time you woke up and had nothing to do? Days spent spread eagle on the carpet bored out of your mind? Days when you were so drunk with LAZY that breathing felt like an effort? Oh how we could all use a bit more of that! †If youíre really going to†own this summer youíre going to need a spot of grass to watch the clouds go by, and an ant mound to feed your chip crumbs to, and a heavy stuccoed ceiling to find faces in. Itís all about getting your lazy on. Now donít panic, the cleaning will save until spring and those spreadsheets can wait for a bitter winter workday.

Itís the Simple Things In LIfe - Like when and where. Joy can be as easy as that. Summer is being open to the possibility that adventure can spontaneously arrive on your doorstep to take a bike ride down to the creek for a PB&J picnic. Open yourself up to instantaneous callings: jazz in the city park, searching for starfish on the shore, picking wild blackberries. Summerís best experiences are often spontaneous, simple, and free.

Schools Out Forever – Meaning get OUT of the house, leave that office behind. Itís time to tackle that bucket list, time for a road trip, time to do something youíve never done before. †You donít have to have a pink bike basket to have an adventure (or maybe thatís exactly what you need). This summer Iím walking†60 miles For The Cure, attending†Blog-Her,†and checking out a Monster Truck Rally. All new to me. Iím hitting farmer’s markets, doing a wine tasting tour, and camping in†Yosemite. All new to me. Youíve got 93 days left; 93 days to create enough memories to carry you through until the next season for ďrocking lifeĒ comes around again.

What have you been waiting to do? Is NOW the perfect time to do it? When was the last time you really lived a summer? What are you going to experience this season that youíve never done before? What did you love about summer as a kid? Is there a way you could bring it back into your life now?



Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

Summer Sunsets are the Best! Thanks for sharing.

Monica Wilcox
Monica Wilcox6 years ago

Spent the morning catching baby grasshoppers with my kids. Hope you're finding your moment in the sun today!

Amy Wagner
Amy Wagner6 years ago

Thanks for the inspiration! I feel as though I thrive in the summer more than in any other season. I slow down and appreciate that which can sometimes be overlooked during the school year (ah, college!). Whether it's catching up with friends, hanging out at the pool, enjoying a workout in the fresh, crisp air, or eating a popsicle, I lay back, relax, and soak it all in!

Patricia G.
Patricia G6 years ago

I love all seasons! :)

Clare E.
Clare Canfield6 years ago


Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Just enjoy doing as little as possible in summer past when the world is rushing...

Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

It's nice to do something different every day. I like the comment about blackberries.

Lisa B.
Elizabeth B6 years ago

I love summer concert series in the park.

Amanda M.
Amanda M6 years ago

I loved catching fireflies AS a kid, and now one of my favorite ways to unwind is by catching fireflies WITH my kids! My four-year-old figured out how to catch them without squashing them in her hands last week, and now at dusk she and her sister race each other out the door with containers and lids so they can catch them (don't worry, I make the kids release the fireflies before they come in the house). I do miss the days when mayonnaise jars came in glass with metal lids you could punch holes in with a hammer and nail, though. Now that they're made of plastic, they've taken away some of the fun. Oh, well. My older daughter, who'll be 9 next month, can help my husband in his workshop making "bug cages" with wood frame and vinyl screen.

And for me and my husband, a good time is taking a night swim in the pool once the kids are in bed (keep your minds out of the gutter, people!). At night with the fireflies winking and the stars shining overhead, it's as close to a romantic date night as one can get and not leave the house!

And of course, the contests with watermelon slices to see who can spit the seeds the farthest! Nobody ever outgrows that!

Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago

Monica I love that! At 52 I am a kid at heart still. I live for the weekends and setting around doing nothing or everything fun. I get my work done during the week and if the posibility comes around then I will take the week also. Ride my bike fly my kite Kiss my wife enjoy my life to add to the diddy monica posted.