The Casting Dock

Summer dreaming.

Summer break is a mere 6 weeks away. An obvious perk of the teacher schedule.

Needless to say, I am eagerly anticipating it.

But more so than the break, what I appreciate about summer is that it provides a framework for the school year, an end goal to work towards. Summer break offers a chance for some reflection, space to catch your breath, reassess, and set new goals, both personally and professionally for the new year. And each September ushers in just that–a new year. A turnover of kids, a re-setting of programs with a twist to accommodate different personalities, increased maturity, and a whole host of new opportunities (and challenges).

I have been thinking a good bit about what I want to do with my summer. My husband and most of my friends work through the summer and we don’t have any kids so it leaves me with quite a chunk of free time. To be honest, that time is both exciting and a bit daunting. I have learned that without a set schedule I get bored quickly. And once I get bored, basically my entire well being starts sliding. I have a hard time pulling myself out of it.

It’s a weird little slippery slope.

I know most people do not complain about or fear abundant free time, but I have learned it’s not good for me in large doses.

So in shaping my summer I have been thinking about what I want to learn and what I want to experience. I will perhaps work a little in some capacity, I will take a few trips, hopefully spend some time with family and soak up our London/Paris jaunt, but what about the rest of the time?

I don’t want my days to just pass by. I want them to be meaningful, full of life–memorable even.

So I have been working on those two categories: what I want to learn and what I want to experience.

I find myself constantly thinking I wish I knew more about that so I am going to set aside a couple hours every morning to just actively learn. We live literally across the street from the library (a true simple pleasure) so I have the perfect little perch in which to make that happen. I’ve been keeping a running list of topics. I’ll have to prioritize for sure–the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. Ain’t that the truth!

As for part two–what I want to experience–this falls into two (somewhat overlapping) categories. First, I just want to experience the place that I live, the local flavor. I want to be more aware of what’s happening in our area–the festivals, concerts, road races, celebrations–and I want to capitalize on them. I know I harp on it often, but I LOVE where I live. The parks, the ocean, the city, the walking trails, the hidden beaches, the abundant graveyards–all of it. I just love it here, but I never seem to take full advantage of all that is happening (often free of charge!) around me. Largely just because I’m not aware of it. But not this summer! I am on the hunt for local happenings!

Category two of summer experiences is simply to welcome adventure and spontaneity. Basically I just want to say YES more freely and more often without thinking so much about the cost or the inconvenience or the feasibility. I am such a logical person that I often fear I miss out on interesting opportunities, on being part of great stories, because I see the potential headaches. While this has surely saved me some frustration and real headaches, it has also inhibited me from actively living out great stories. Great stories, which inevitably are made even greater by the headaches along the way.

My even more logical, anti-spontaneity husband is probably cringing right now thinking of what I will drag him along to, but don’t worry Jerome–I promise you’ll love it. Even if just in hindsight.

(you are such a trooper.)

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
-Henry David Thoreau

4 comments

1 CraigW { 05.16.12 at 2:16 pm }

Love the light freckles in the final photo.

2 erica { 05.17.12 at 3:59 pm }

I like this post. I think you should really take advantage of that perk! The “getting educated” in the morning sounds delightful. You should get a journal and write your dreams, like the things we talked about in Maine in March, and then you can study some more on that to get inspiration.
Next summer, if you guys are still around, I will lend you baby Haven to enjoy the library and all of those fun things with you ;)

3 k&c's mom { 05.17.12 at 11:23 pm }

You are so cute, Lisa. Love this picture (and the story your Mama told me in the hallway at school today about the zipper on the dress…)

4 noche { 05.29.12 at 11:25 pm }

I read this blog…the part about continuing to learn…to my stellar 8th grade algebra class. I must admit they were more interested in the pictures, but who knows what seeds will take root??? Did you make the salad in the picture? My continuing ed remains the same…learn to knit socks!

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