Perspective: The Joys Of Summer
Every year about this time, most of us feel the summer season crack open with a variety of Memorial Day celebrations and a hunger for the pleasure that only a barbecue, good friends, and camaraderie around a fire pit can satisfy.
Here in the Midwest, I’ve learned that Spring can’t be counted on to be the epitome of “grilling season” that it is in the South. We pretty much need to wait until June to be sure that there’s not going to be an errant snowfall or icy rain. This year, though, we’re coming off a metaphorical “deep freeze” that kept social gatherings on ice for over a year. Even introverts like myself are eager to gather with old friends and new to hear more about what’s been happening in other corners of the universe. I know I’ve spent way too much time hanging out with myself over the last year and I’m definitely eager to re-connect with real people in the real world.
If you’re feeling a bit rusty when it comes to social skills, that’s normal. But, thankfully, it’s like riding a bike – it may take a false start or two, but you’ll fall back into the easy “give and take” of human interaction before you know it.
It seems fitting that the waning of the pandemic is happening as we rev up for outdoor adventures and the feeling of freedom that summertime brings. Research shows that sunshine and pleasant weather positively affect our mood. Whether it’s yard sales, picnics, soccer games, or beach time, get back into the world and find your happy place – it’s time to safely rejoin the human race.
I’m Suzanne Degges-White and that’s my perspective.