A few weeks ago I posted Ten Things I Hate About Summer because I was completely fed up with the beginnings of summer in Nebraska. Since I posted that I’ve been noticing a lot of things that I actually love. I blame the fact that I’m leaving Nebraska in a little over four days to do a summer training program in LA and there are a lot of things that I’m not positive will be in California. Or rather, I find myself with a severe case of FOMO(fear of missing out). Which is ridiculous because whatever God has planned for this summer, I know for certain that it’s going to be amazing. God’s plan is always amazing. There is no such thing as missing out when you’re in God’s hands. But anyways. This is my list of ten things I love about Summer.
1. Bye bye hibernation
I sleep less now. I go to bed at about midnight and I find myself waking up with the sun in the morning, trying to go back to sleep and utterly failing. I’ve rolled out of bed at 9 each morning this week despite working late and hanging out with friends even later(due to my imminent departure.)
2. Longer days
The sun doesn’t go down until 9:30 now, and it’s pretty much amazing. Possibly the reason for all the energy I’m having? Am I an anti-vampire? Perhaps(sorry for that reference. I’ve been watching Vampire Diaries. Don’t judge me. Too hard. Just kidding go ahead, there’s no way you could judge me harder than I’m judging myself…)
3. Summer food
Hot dogs, bonfires, brats, steak, potato salad, fresh veggies, s’mores…. yum!
Everybody hides when it’s cold out, but with summer comes hours lazing in the pool with your besties(aka family. My family is an amorphous blob.)
5. Summer nights
I dare you not to sing the song. Dare you. But seriously, there really isn’t anything that beats when the sun goes down in the summer, dropping the temp just enough to scare some of the humidity away and make your skin and lungs feel alive again. like you’d been starved of air all day and when the sun goes down you can finally breathe again. mmmmmm delicious.
6. Bike rides
One of my newly discovered loves is for long bike rides on the trails. We have some really beautiful ones here, and I’m in love with discovering them. That I will miss in LA.
I am not one of those weather wimp people. I LOVE storms. I love thunder and lightning, I love heavy rain, I love the rush it gives me when there’s a tornado watch. I love getting drenched in the rain. I love it when the sun is shining but yet it’s still raining. I love rainbows. I love it when it’s overcast. I love literally everything about storms in Nebraska.
8. Driving with the windows down
9. and the music up
10. and not caring who hears.
This counts for three things because it’s really the biggest thing for me. I love feeling the wind in my hair, I love the smells of the street(yes, even the nasty smells.) I love singing to the music and feeling like I’m in control. I love people watching. I love trying to figure out what other drivers are thinking about me. I love zipping around in my little red car. I love when it’s raining and I’m driving. I love having the windows down and feeling the rain on my skin (Not like a kiss, but like a knife.) I love being alone in the car. I love thinking life through: praising, and praying in the car. I love driving in the summer(minus the construction.) I love it.. It’s the best.
I also love reading books in the grass. But that’s a really dangerous love to have for an albino-like complected person like myself.