How to Not Waste Your Summer
This summer, I'm just so bored and antsy (and hot!). I can hardly bring myself to do anything, let alone anything productive. But at the same time, I also don't want to look back and feel like I wasted my entire summer being lazy. How can I push past this weird seasonal stuff to actually do something with my life, at least for now?
June gloom may be over, but summer blues—aka crushing boredom and/or general ennui—is inescapable. There's a great scene in The Great Gatsby that encapsulates that oppressive heat and humidity and sheer boredom. Of course, in the F. Scott Fitzgerald story, the unbearableness of the summer drives them to murder and adultery. So yeah, don't let your summer turn out that way. …
Seriously, though, with half of the season to go, you need to make the most of it. Time is fleeting, but luckily, there are tons of ways to get started.
As cliché as it is to say that the answer to your (or any!) problem is to get a hobby, you should think about doing it. You don't have to take up knitting or start painting professional-quality still lifes or teach yourself to play the harmonica; but you should think about things you enjoy, and spend time doing them. Grab a notebook and write down how you feel (you can even start making your diaries grammable, like @nataliaperis or @daydreamersdiet). Or if words aren’t your thing, colored pencils or watercolors might be. You could even recruit some friends for an impromptu photoshoot (and if you need some inspiration, click here).
Another thing that'll help? Read a book. Sure, a novel—even a super illuminating, or even life-changing one—isn't going to solve everything. But there's a reason people read, fiction in particular. The escapism that comes from getting totally lost in someone else's words, and world, is seriously cathartic. Whether it’s a frothy beach book or revisiting your English Lit reading list, devouring a novel or two is an instant cure for summer blahs.
The same could be said for a really good show—but it feels wrong to tell you to spend your summer with blackout curtains drawn, laptop on your stomach, watching TV inside. Save that for cold weather.
Speaking of which: Go outside! It's hot and muggy and buggy, but the fresh air is good for you. (Really.) Plus, winter will be here again sooner than you think...