Right about this time of the summer, as soon as mid-July hits, I feel a sense of panic. It’s that summer-is-almost-over feeling. I can feel it slipping away, even while I’m relaxing on the beach (so much for living in the moment!). August slides so quickly into September and cooler weather, and summer seems shorter and more hectic each year. A good kind of hectic, but still… So, now is the time for a bucket list.
Sure, summer’s about half over, but bucket lists are kind of cathartic. Maybe you feel like you never have time amidst the birthdays, graduations and weddings to do something you want to do. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try a certain restaurant, or camp by a lake, or see the sun set on the beach. Now’s the time to do something for yourself - so get planning! Sometimes just the excitement of brainstorming is enough to inspire you to try new things and take some chances, step outside of the box. Here’s my own little list so far:
1. Go to a winery in eastern Long Island. I especially like One Woman, a small vineyard that is mostly hand-planted by the owner, and Pindar, which has a deck out back overlooking their gorgeous vineyards, often with live music.
2. Watch a sunrise/sunset in Montauk.
3. Borrow my boyfriend’s surf board so I can flail around in the breaking waves and pretend I’m a surfer.
4. Go dancing with my best friends on Fire Island.
Keep it short, make it simple but specific, and don’t get too discouraged if you don’t check off every item. List activities that are realistically inexpensive and that are accessible to you. (I.e. traveling to Tulum, Mexico? Maybe a bit of a stretch.)
And why not share it with others? Your list is even more likely to happen once you get others involved and excited!
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