Like most teachers and academics, I have big goals and expectations for summer. I don’t have any classes to teach, so I begin making a list (sometimes in January) of all the things I need and want to do that I just never have time for during the semester. Things like reading all of the books. Catching up on movies and t.v. shows. Or cleaning out closets. Or researching. Or completing projects on the house. Getting back into shape and making more time for yoga. Relaxing. Teaching myself something new. Crafting. Writing. Spending more time with family and friends. The list goes on.
This summer, more than most, I am quickly realizing that all of these things are simply not possible. Sure, I can do some of them, and I will accomplish some goals.I have already read several books. I am making a blanket. I cleaned all of the kitchen cabinets and baseboards. We installed new blinds on the kitchen windows.
But, I am learning that I need to change my expectations because my work to-do-list is also quite long. And I need to not be disappointed with myself for not doing all of the things. I think what I need most this summer is to learn to breathe, to be proud of the things I accomplish, to take care of myself, and to let things go. I guess those are my new goals this year.
What are your plans for the summer? What expectations do you have? And what needs to be let go?