summerHappy Summer Solstice everyone!  Believe it or not, this is one of my favorite days of the summer.  Yeah, I know how pathetic that sounds, but as a sufferer of low vision with NO vision at night, I love the longest day of the year.  Sixteen hours of daylight!  Yahoo!

While Memorial Day is touted as the “official start of summer” by most people in the U.S., June 21st is actually the official, official start of summer for the northern hemisphere.  Really.  It is.   Unless you live in Georgia where school lets out BEFORE Memorial Day weekend; then the summer solstice is more like midsummer, as the European’s refer to it. summer solstice But I’m not going to think that way because that only leads to panic about summer slipping away.  Today, I’m going to relax and soak up the vitamin D. 

Typically, this day is filled with the smell of chlorine and bug spray, sidewalk chalk and lazy games on the lawn.  For some, it’s an excellent time to take stock of their life and assess how their goals and aims are going.  Kind of like a gut-check on those New Year’s resolutions.  Because after today, well, it’s all downhill toward the end of the year.  The days get shorter; the stress gets more intense.

But I digress.  The summer solstice is meant for meandering and enjoying.  Sit outside and read a good book.  (Check the books page on this blog for some suggestions.)  Or, go shopping and ‘renew’ your wardrobe.  Start a new exercise routine.  bonfireIf you want to celebrate this day as they did in past generations, prepare a bonfire in the evening hours.  Just please don’t jump over said bonfire as was the tradition centuries ago.  I don’t want to be responsible for any injuries.  You can also worship the sun.  In Latvia, they host a naked run through the streets.  Although, if you decide to try that, please, don’t tell the cops about this blog. 😉

Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy.  June 21st may still only have twenty-four hours in it, but it sure feels longer than that.  Wouldn’t it be great if every day had fifteen to sixteen hours of sunlight?  Would you live your life differently?  How are planning to use those extra hours of daylight today?

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Posted on June 21, 2013, in Blog Posts. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Christy Hayes

    Love the long summer days. This summer has been extraordinarily busy, so hoping for some down time. Enjoy your official beginning of summer, Tracy!

  2. I love the summer here because it isn’t too hot and I can enjoy riding my bike outside along the lagoons and the beach and sit under the umbrella in the back yard and read and work. It’s my favorite time of the year.

  3. Tracy, I’m still laughing over this line: “Because after today, well, it’s all downhill toward the end of the year. The days get shorter; the stress gets more intense.”

    I wish the 16 hour days would go on forever, although DH would get tired of cutting the lawn. 🙂

    Enjoy your summer solstice! 🙂

  4. Janna Qualman

    It’s just so much easier to find energy and happiness when the sun is out, isn’t it? I like the light in mornings, and having later evenings, too. 🙂

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