The silver lining to living on this planet is that we can always find Summer – and my calendar says it’s officially here.
This is a time when we take to our chariots, which faithfully transport us to familiar and foreign parts. That seems to be what Summer is for — explorations of our outer world, leading us back to explorations of our inner one. We’re looking beyond our Googlemaps hoping to find a route to our wise inner child: fun, relaxation, friends, naps and snacks.
Summer’s greatest legacy is the way it brings us together – with nature, with family, with friends. And when Summer marries with art, we’ve a recipe for “how to turn strangers into friends” from all corners of the world.
Recently, I went through an extended period of time when I was working long hours between two jobs. My ability to move myself through life’s events was adequate – and I am really grateful for that; however, I was aware that others had traveled to a different place in their lives. This meant they were able to choose destinations near and far but always with fun as the focus. By the time I was finally able to afford to work one full-time job, I needed friends and loved ones to remind me that Summer is the dessert to the meat and potatoes of life. Luckily, Summer is synonymous with change.
Packing joy into Summer’s outings, we’re brought back to our sense of fun and daring! With events ranging from the music and flashing lights of Belgium’s Tomorrowland and Nevada’s Burning Man, to Japan’s world-renown spas, as well as soaring cliffs we’ve a need to climb, summer travels take us, not only physically to geographical points previously unexperienced, but on life’s most wonderful and soul-essential journeys via ‘Destination: Otherwise’.
With Summer allowing us life within his visage once more, I’d like to share with you, dear friend, one of my very favorite quotes from another who undertook journeys to free himself from a life too heavy with the stuff of meat and potatoes:
“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” –Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote