Weather circumstances force Dutch people to be indoorsy most of the year. Personally I am an all season girl, but weather
complains are not unfamiliar to a lot of us. I do not blame people for complaining. For at least 6 months out of every year our beautiful
country looks like a grey painting, where the painter forgot to add a little bit
of color. By the time spring arrives, we literally
go all out. There is no stopping us. Spring flowers, fresh air, blue skies and a sun that is finally smiling upon us, is a happiness cocktail I get addicted to every year. The taste is so good it keeps me craving for more. On top of that, the cocktail is served with so many outside activities I
sometimes need a reminder I have a home. Since happiness is contagious and to give you some ideas I made a list of all the fun outdoor activities that are a must do this summer.
"The mind replays what the heart can't delete." - unknown What is
the first thing that comes to mind when I say summer? Beaches, sun, parties, flip flops? The
first thing I think of is crickets. I just love to hear
them chirp. Do crickets chirp? They might, but that's not the point. My point is that ever since I was a child I have had a
wonderful association with the sound of crickets. During summer vacations I would always walk back to our vacation house after a
day of fun and I would hear the sound of crickets. So if I hear crickets today, I smile and
feel warm and fuzzy inside. It brings back so many memories. Sounds and smells are
powerful memory triggers. We all have them. It can be a song making us remember how we
danced the night away or the smell of burning wood reminding us of summer campfires
and so on. These pleasant memories are intensified by our senses. Our busy schedules often
push us to live our lives in haste. We multitask even when we are relaxing,
unconsciously blocking our other senses. At a concert we are taking pictures
instead of really enjoying the music. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for
taking pictures, but don't let that be your only reminder of that moment.
Listen, feel and really live in the moment, otherwise life will pass you by in a blur and you lose the opportunity to really enjoy
My summer challenge for you
is to fully live happily in the now and reactivate all your senses to create new blissful memories. You can do that by following these simple
- Let's start with a
little reminiscing. Reconnect with the happy memories you have when you think of summer. Is it collecting seashells at the beach, bubble gum wrappers or
eating ice cream? What song makes you jump up en down of joy when you hear
it? What perfume reminds you of your summer love? If these memories give you the nostalgic and joyous feelings we are aiming for it's time to move on to the next step.
- Let go of your plans for a while and
let life surprise you. An unexpected moment of joy is just around the corner if
you let it happen. Don't compromise on happiness because you are too busy.
- Simply take the time to enjoy the moments
you have this summer. Let all other thoughts go and take pictures but don't
spend all your time behind the camera or on your phone. Take all the goodness in life in and really
feel the moment with all your senses.
Now go and make new memories
that will last you a lifetime.