Summertime is here and so is fun time. They have one thing to say: even in the city, we can start our day cool, having a simple dilemma – public transport or bike commuting, in the mood to explore the neighbourhood and spend time with ourselves. This year, there are 2019 pleasures to enjoy.
Start your day cool
It feels good to start your day in a childlike mood. To get up in the morning wondering what the day will present you with. To make coffee (a solid value in the morning) while listening to music. What is my kind of music? All that jazz! It is good to text good morning to someone dear and far away. To share thoughts with your diary just before you leave home.
A simple dilemma: the bus or the bicycle
If you are heading towards the city centre, you could take the bus. You may get the local news first on your way. Someone may be holding court, having a story to tell. There will be something interesting to hear and share. Time will fly fast without you noticing it. If you feel like being one with nature, you could cycle. You don’t have to be alone. Find a companion to make plans together, choose the cycling route and follow the traffic regulations. If you don’t have a bicycle, you could hire one.
I wonder how it is to commute on the tube, in a big city. There must be something unique about it. What do you think?
Explore the neighbourhood
If you walk to the supermarket to do your groceries, you could take a different route each time, reaching a different neighbourhood. You may be inspired by what you see and what you hear. There may be a bench on a veranda or a playground on the common. How does that sound? You could get decorating ideas for your place, the one you have or the one you intend to create. Have a break, take a note, make a drawing and carry on.
You may discover a coffee shop which doesn’t resemble the places you frequent. You could walk inside to check the place and just like that, feel at home. Share a good morning with the owners and see a new friendship begin. It could be so simple. Even if you consider yourself “socially introvert” like I do – a term I have recently come across and got to like. Your daily routine could be pleasantly simple; summertime is here to remind us so.
Spend time with yourself
If there is no place to go or no one to hang with, that is fine. You could spend time with yourself, at your place. You could finish the book you are in the middle of or write the story you have had in mind for some time. Let the sun guide you through your plans for the winter routine. Sit back and indulge yourself with flavoured coffee (a solid value throughout the day). It is good to remember to spend time with yourself.
This summer in the city
No, I haven’t forgotten those everyday problems. They haven’t forgotten me either! My intention is to appreciate the simple pleasures in life despite problems; what could make summertime more enjoyable and life look simple. Simple things that make us appreciate time with ourselves and with others. There are 2019 pleasures to enjoy – by the sea, in the mountains or in the city, in the village.
Are we ready?
Have a lovely summer!
About the main photo
Thessaloniki, my source of inspiration: the old city with houses resembling paintings; the picturesque alleys welcoming walkers and explorers; the mansions setting the imagination free; the cafes along the seafront adding a touch of vibrancy to the city.