Summertime; A Place For R & R…& R?
By Anthony Savonarota
When most people think about summer, endless visions of relaxing and socializing are bound to be imagined.
That being said, what if rather than just R&R, another ‘R’ were to be included; reflection?
While most view the end of the year as a time to reflect as opposed to midway through it, we all know how common the success rates are for most people when they try to make goals for improving themselves come late December. This may sound insulting, and trust me I am no better, but what I am criticizing is not people’s efforts, but the time people choose to input them, and by extension the time it is most culturally encouraged; New Years.
I honestly think the reason why New Year's Resolutions are so hard for so many is not even due to the difficulty of the resolutions themselves, but the time of which they are collectively attempted. Whether it's the final quarter for the company you work for, or the preparation for final exams if you are a student, everyone (at the time of New Year’s Eve) just ended weeks of likely being stressed by their vocational or educational prospects. Who in their right mind would be thinking about how to return to work or school a mere few weeks later with the objective to improve, let alone return.
In contrast, summer affords everyone the perfect psychological backdrop to look into taking better care of themselves and look at how they can return back to their post-vacation life with ways to better live. You can not only relax but stay healthy (and thus clear your mind better) with the warm weather. Furthermore, unlike the transition between before and after winter break where one most likely finds themselves continuing what they left off before the vacation, the transition between before and after summer vacation is the most common time people are progressing some aspect of their lives. Being exposed to new settings, environments or opportunities can naturally encourage someone to feel more willing to try a new attitude, even if they feel disenfranchised with a particular aspect of their lives currently.
Perhaps using some of summer to look back and reflect can also make it not just a better break, but better for you once your break ends.