Sorry, it wasn’t my intention to leave you hanging and have this space on the Internet empty for so long, but #lifehappened. I guess we have some catching up to do, don’t we?!
Since my last monthly agenda update, I took a second trip out to the Breakers in Montauk, attended two of the Huntington Arts Council’s Summer of Hope concerts, went to a great outdoor yoga class at the former estate of a famous 19th-century poet, and continued my fundraising efforts for Susan G. Komen’s Virtual Race for the Cure event (which is taking place this month!). Wow—I guess I did do a lot last month.
Going into this summer, I didn’t have high hopes of having a lot on my agenda with social distancing guidelines in place and the lingering threat of COVID-19. But despite not making plans, they seemed to naturally occur, and in a way, I liked that better. I found myself not needing as much beach time and being grateful for when I could sneak in a couple of quiet hours by the water. I realized that I didn’t need my boutique fitness classes and that I could workout at home by myself (thanks to lots of great fitness instructors who took their classes virtual). And I learned that I didn’t need to be busy a-l-l of the time and that sitting and reading a book was still doing something. Most importantly, these last few months taught me how to embrace change and to relinquish control (skills I thought I had a handle on, but I didn’t).
When I first found out that my office was closing during the pandemic and we would be working from home, I cried. I thought I would lose my mind spending so much time by myself. While it was quite an adjustment period in the beginning, I slowly began adapting to a new routine that would lead to more self-care time and improved sleep. Who knew that being pushed so far out of my comfort zone would have some serious health benefits?
While the last couple of summers were great, I was starting to feel like I had gotten into a rut. This summer, however, felt new and exciting in a way. It led to a lot of personal changes, including better habits, more time to think, different ways to engage with people, and a whole new routine to embrace.
So, while I’m sad to say goodbye to August and slowly let the summer fade away, I will always remember this time and carry the lessons I learned into the future.
What did you take away from this summer?