In celebration of the #firstdayofsummer, I thought it would be totally appropriate to discuss what it means to be wild and free...as a #thirtysomething woman. Someone coined the phrase, "Young, Wild and Free", but many would argue that true adventure has no age limit. In fact, the lack of adventure, fun and excitement can age us quicker than a drop of DNA from Benjamin Button.
This morning, I woke up extremely grateful for life and good health. I sat up in my bed and thanked the Summer gods that school is out and there is absolutely nothing that I have to do. There are no principals to meet with. There are no superintendents to impress. There are no teachers who are losing their minds over lazy student performance. There is absolutely nothing that required my attention in that moment. While meditating, I also took a trip down memory lane. Back in the day, we didn't have social media hashtags to remind us that it is the #firstdayofsummer. Actually, the #firstdayofsummer for us was when the last bell sounded at school. It did not matter if our parents had enough dough to scurry us off to foreign excursions. It did not matter if we got a chance to visit Minnie and Mickey at the "Happiest Place on Earth". All that mattered was that we had two whole months to create adventure.
As adults, our zest for adventure is replaced with routine and responsibility. Sure, there's this bangin' lounge downtown open for the taking at any given night. Of course there's always dinner and a movie. I'm not speaking of the typical social opportunity. I'm talking about that adrenaline rush you felt when you first took your hands off the handle-bars, while speeding down a steep hill. I'm talking about the wonder twinkling in your eyes while viewing a flock of fireflies illuminate a nearby field. I'm talking about dancing the night away under the stars, even though you are already three hours past your curfew. You know, the kinda stuff that make you feel alive.
So how do we reinvent those moments as #thirtysomething women? We do have a two thousand square foot home to clean. We do have a baby to nurse or children to nurture. We do have a husband to attend to. We do have a career to maintain. For me, the key is mapping out my day and sticking to my time management schedule. I break my week down by daily "to-dos". No matter how many deadlines I have approaching, I always, always make a point to add a little spice to my life. I just can't stomach the thought that I was born to go to work, take care of people, pay bills, and get ready to die. Seriously, you have to make time for yourself.
Here are some things that you can add to your summer calendar to help get your adventure wheels spinning. Some are budget conscious and some aren't. Find things that appeal to your personality, your finances, and your level of interest.
1. Travel somewhere you don't know the language. Talk about being out of your comfort zone! How exciting would it be to tour a strange land with strange people and totally rely on adaptation?
2. Date someone who isn't your type. Okay this is for the single ladies. Since you keep dating the same type of dude, I'm sure you've picked up on similar characteristics with these men. One thing is for sure, a new guy with a new personality is sure to introduce you to that "new new".
3. Plan an all-girls road trip using a real map. Think Gayle and Oprah's cross country adventure episode. The maps on the phones are great, but then you risk scrolling through social media instead of engaging with your girls. Make a point to just enjoy the trip without the headache of getting to the destination at a certain time.
4. Attend a music festival. I'm not talking about an indoor concert, I'm talking about a bring your cooler, your sundress, and your flip-flops for an all-day and all-night jam session.
5. Join a club. I'm a book junkie so joining a book club would just set my soul on fire. If you're not into that sorta thing, join a social club or bike club or fashion club. The purpose is to meet new people and indulge in new things.
6. Run a marathon. I participated in my first 5K in 2015. I cannot fully describe the amount of pride I felt crossing that finish line. Was I first? Hell no. I probably was in the triple digits but my goal was to train well, have a good time, and push myself past my breaking point.
7. Take a cooking class. Maybe your life is so hectic that you truly don't have time to do anything outside of your domestic responsibilities...that's another blog post. For now, I'll just go with it. Why not try attending a cooking class? I'm sure your family will appreciate the effort and good eats.
8. Have a Throwback Thursday moment. Go skating. Go bowling. Go dancing. Do anything that you once enjoyed before life happened.
It's cool to be smart, successful, and financially stable. But never forget, everybody loves a fun girl:)