Carpe aestas

Freedom is just around the corner–four more wake-ups and your summer begins. Aaaah Summer! That glorious time for you to work on your extended essay, continue your CAS project, perfect your college essay, dive into your English/Chemistry/History summer reads, bone up on your math skills…

Wait…What?! You want me to work?!!

No, not me.  I don’t want you to work. I want you to seize the heck out of this summer:

  • Go someplace you’ve never been before
  • Make memories with your family and friends
  • Make new friends
  • Be alone
  • Read for the fun of it and read some more
  • Climb a tree
  • Make something; make lots of things
  • Make music
  • Learn a new skill
  • Find time to exercise
  • Swim wherever you find water
  • Go to a museum
  • Stay up late
  • Sleep in
  • Run barefoot through grass; and mud, too
  • Climb a mountain, get into the woods
  • Skip rocks
  • Seek opportunities to give back, to pay it forward
  • Drink ice-cold lemonade, ice-cold beer, and LOTS of water

Yes, there are things you’ll have to do: keep your room clean, help around the house, get a job–cash is nice to have, be nice to your sister or brother, and complete those summer assignments from school (I guess).

puzzle 3D by Jorge
puzzle 3D by Jorge

If you’re worried about your math skills and want to do something to improve, don’t do math.  Don’t do math. Do puzzles. Logic puzzles, Sudoku, Kakuro, crosswords, word games, more logic puzzles. Do them alone–recognize that you have the power. Do them with others–discover the joys of working together. Do them online or do them from a book. Train your brain to think and to problem solve. Enjoy the satisfaction of struggling to find a solution.  But please, don’t do math.


Have a glorious summer. You have your whole life to work.

Thank you Flickr for the images.

Cover photo: HM diving platform by Virginia State Parks


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