Rants and Ramblings on a Summer Morning

by Patricia on

Delayed Gratification, say yes to no, discipline yourself. But I don’t want to!!!! I want to just do what I feel like doing, when I feel like doing it. I don’t want to go to work. I don’t want to clean the house. I want to watch tv. I want to read a book. I want to party with friends. I want to sleep. And I want to eat and have a house to do it in, and have the house be cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and lights. And of course a refrigerator full of food and a stove. And electricity to make it all work. Most definitely I want a computer and a cell phone so I can reach my friends when I want to party and see on Facebook what everyone else is doing. Oh, and give me some money so I can buy things online, one of those plastic cards with the numbers on it. I suppose I could just make some up and see if it works.

If this sounds to you like the rant of a teen-ager or early twenty-something, it probably could be. However, it’s coming from a sixty-something, with projects to do, lured by the summer sun into wanting the “freedoms” of a teen-ager or college student on summer break and someone else to take care of all the background details.

I realize that summer break is a product of an agricultural society, in which summer is grow time on the farm so all hands and bodies are needed to work the farm.  However, there are many, many people now who grew up with summertime to play, no school, no farm, no work. The warmth and sun arrive and my body says, ok, time to take a break, a nice long break.

The body has a memory, sometimes very powerful memory. My neural pathways were hardwired that summer is time off and play time. Mine are screaming today. Play, Play!

So here I am, in the yard, at the picnic table, attempting to have the best of both worlds. Working on email, the blog, creating another online course, while enjoying the weather, the birds, the breeze and the openness.

I am blessed that I can do some of my work this way. I have a proposal for society. I think it might be a good idea to have school all year, with multiple one week or two week breaks throughout the year. A little more like most of the work world. Then our bodies and our spirits might not go into such rebellion on a beautiful summer day.

However, it’s not likely to happen soon. And it wouldn’t help me, here, now. So I am reprogramming my neural pathways. I’ll finish this post and sit and enjoy the summer morning, while drinking my chai and feeling grateful for life. Then I’ll work a little, play a little, then take the rest of the day off. Because sometimes, I just have to take a break.


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