And so it begins, the last real summery month, August, that should be filled with swimming, beach time, ice- cream, great books and above all relaxation and recharging batteries for the upcoming long and moody winter.
While 'everyone' is currently somewhere around Santorini, Maldives, Tulum or Cuba according to the social media, in the reality of normal life and even blogosphere most of us are stuck in the city, in concrete hell, trying to cope with sky high temperatures.
And even though I would prefer to spend these hot days on Vis or Hvar, I actually can't complain about my current 'summer in the city' situation because so far I've been having the best time (let's pretend that those moments when I'm cursing the last floor of the building where we live don't exist).
The whole point of summer is to find some time to relax. Breathe. Feel free. No matter where you are.
My July has been hectic and exhausting.
Pretty much the entire month was dedicated to wrapping up my MA thesis and when that was finally done I said to myself that now is finally the time to put all my efforts and time into the blog (or better said, into photography and writing) but I was actually too tired to even think about it properly.
My mind and body felt drained and sleepy all the time. Lazy. Uninspired. The only thing I truly needed was a big break. From everything and everyone, even things I love doing the most. I'm sure there's loads of you who can completely identify with this feeling. Even though I had no travel plans for the upcoming weeks, I decided that nothing can stop me from taking some good old me time. Or if you really want it, a vacation. So I hit the pause button.
And then, all of a sudden, August happened.
I welcomed it with a messy hair that needed some serious coloring (did it this morning, yay!), turquoise nail polish that needed to be taken off and replaced with the pastel yellow one and in one of my favourite long t-shirts I wear around the house. I made some tea (it's been a while) and surprisingly, words / stories / ideas started to come out unexpectedly.
Remember the summer bucket list I talked about?
Well, I've already crossed a lot of things from it and actually added some new ones as well (let me know if you'd like to hear more about it), which has never happened before.
More than half of the year has officially passed but there are so many blank pages left, waiting to be filled with new stories, dreams and adventures. No need to rush it. Autumn will come and so will Christmas along with many days we're already looking forward to but let's not forget the ones that are happening right now. It would be such a waste to take them for granted.
You know, these ordinary summery days that usually make us feel like doing nothing. The only things on our minds are the seaside, beach, cold drinks, pasta and more pasta, light clothes, long nights, open air movie theatres etc. And sometimes it's perfectly fine to be unproductive.
It's so important to know how to take a break. To stop everything and focus only on ourselves.
Because afterwards we'll feel better, happier, more inspired and motivated, stronger.
So use the rest of the summer to work on you.
Dance, swim, read, sing, wander around, write, meet new people, have a great time with your friends, be lazy, sleep, do nothing, eat your favourite food, enjoy your own company first so you can fully learn to love the world around you.
And you don't need a fancy location to do all that. And also, not every moment needs to be social media picture perfect or even shared. Leave the phone at home and hit the beach with nothing but a long towel and a bottle of water. Enjoy the present, right where you are and find something beautiful in each and every day.
Be yourself because you're perfect that way. Create your own trends instead of following the ones everyone is already following. Dare to be different. And enjoy the hell out of this summer.