What To Do With Yourself Over the Summer
Summer is a difficult time for many. For me, it's the break between school and university. For others, it's a rest from the tireless sludge of school or a chance to ask for a couple of days off from work. Of course this brings up the age old question; what do I do with myself over the summer holidays?
A lot of people turn to Netflix on their days off. I, myself, have been dipping into Brooklyn 99 for the past couple of days. Although honestly, it's been cramping my neck a little bit and it's feeling a little repetitive. This got me thinking, is there a way that I can watch Netflix and still do something else? Or maybe do something else altogether? I got a little busy on this idea and these are the things that I came up with.
Let's Sleep. The age old classic. You have months to do whatever you want to and, fortunately, you can do all those things while getting the sleep that you need. This means that your holiday break can be both productive and healthy! Furthermore, summer is the perfect time to get those 8 hours (or more) that you need. Pair that with lounging by the pool and we have ourselves a winner.
Catch Up With the News. It can be tempting to lie back and forget about the rest of the world. In fact, you should probably do that for a little while – you don't want to be working while you're supposed to be relaxing. However, it is always important to stay in touch with what's happening out and about. This is especially true is, like a few of my friends, you haven't had time to read up on anything due to work / stress / lack of time.
Start a Snazzy New (or old) Project. I've left this blog lonely for a while as a direct result of too many exams, my down time consisting of nothing but sleep and stress eating. With the time granted to me by the upcoming holidays, I'm hoping to get my blog up to date in time for starting Uni. I have absolutely no idea if I'll be able to keep this up when I get there mind you.
Alternatively, your project doesn't have to be blog related. If you're an online presence it could be something like starting a YouTube channel or improving your Instagram. Interesting non-online projects could include journaling, redecorating your room or making a point to try out new restaurants. The sky is the limit. Just because we don't have anyone telling us what to do, doesn't mean that we shouldn't try and be our own boss.
Learn How To Cook. Summer is the storm before new beginnings. In a couple of months time I'm going to be going to University and I'm going to need to know how to make more than just the basics. As tempting as it sounds, I can't live off pasta all day of everyday. Knowing what you like and being able to make the things that you like is important if you want to enjoy meal time (and can't eat out). But of course, you don't need to be going to University to learn how to cook.
Starting a new year in school, leaving University and entering the job market or taking the next step in your life are all great reasons to shake the dust off the old cookbook. At first, your dishes might taste a little bit like old sock but the small intricacies of cooking will soon become second nature. To be frank and cliché, practice makes perfect and we have plenty of time to practice over the summer break.