Have you ever wondered why it is that children view summer days as long and, it seems, as we age they become shorter? Given our unforgivably harsh Canadian winters, our collective preoccupation is to make the most of this glorious season. So, the challenge is how to hang onto as much of a summer day as possible.
This summer, consider consciously undertaking an "extra fun activity" each day. For each day in August, challenge yourself to add a summer diversion that you can enjoy with your family and friends. Plan something new or different, or make past summertime traditions a priority (whether you are vacationing or attempting to add it to your workday).
Consider these activities for starters: go for a picnic, go for a bike/hike/paddle, prepare a favorite meal with your partner, start a weekly boardgame night, play a lawn game with your family, plan time with a friend on a porch or patio, pick berries, plan a weekend staycation, pitch a tent in your yard, toss a frisbee, play in a water hose with your children, take the family to a community event, go fishing, re-read a favourite book, complete the weekend paper's crossword, listen to the Beach Boys, toast marshmallows over a campfire, host a barbeque cook-off, watch a sunset, walk a neighbourhood or trail you haven't been to recently (and do it in a rain shower).
Ahhh summer! Go ahead, I challenge you to make the most of it.