Chances are high that on this summer solstice, the longest day of the year, you'll be doing one of two things: celebrating the sun at a rooftop party or BBQ after work, OR sitting in a dark, air-conditioned room scrolling through Instagram in silence. But what about other options on this blissed out Wednesday? Does anything else even exist? Me thinks yes, pals. Me thinks definitely YES. A rooftop party is great and all, but do you really want to be hungover for the Thursday grind? I don't think so. The dark, air-conditioned option sounds more appealing in this heat, but the tech aspect of it certainly feels like a brain fry (and lonely). Read on for things I'd rather be doing today/tonight. Feel free to join me!
Take The Exercise Routine Outdoors
If you exercise with an app to guide you, or even if you do your own thing, take you exercise routine outside this evening because why not? You'll still be able to see what you're doing around bedtime. Give your lungs some fresh air and your body a break from the germ-ridden equipment at your local gym.
Go On a First Date
Yes, it's already just past noon on the east coast which means you better GET ON YOUR DATING APP and lock down a date. How cuteeeee would it be if you met the love of your life on the Summer Solstice? You'd have a great story to tell your kids. I'm sort of avoiding my apps after a few weeks of heavy app use, but it would still be fun to get out there and meet somebody dope.
If you have a roof or yard, whip out your light sleeping bag and tent, bring goodies for S'Mores and get the fuck outside with your gear. If I had the luxury of a grassy knoll I'd fall asleep to the stars and wake up to the soft morning light that tomorrow will bring. Being one with nature is totally pacifying and healing, y'all.
Plant a Plant
It's the longest day of the year for crying out loud. Help Mother Earth celebrate this glory by giving her another plant to photosynthesize. Plant something that is meaningful to you - maybe a nice herb or something, or a beautiful flower that reminds you of Mom. Even if you have to plant indoors like moi, making this connection to the soil and earth can be a powerful way to find fulfillment today.
Go to Sleep Super Early
Perhaps my fave option after planting a plant is the option to go the fuck to bed SUPER EARLY today. Like, when it's STILL LIGHT OUT! It's gonna be like 9pm and sunny so trick yourself into thinking it's basically the most chill day of the year and make the most of it. Your body will totally thank you in the morning. Draw those blinds and start counting sheep in 3, 2, 1...
Tell me, pals! How are you celebrating the Summer Solstice today?