For many of us, May means we’re on the home stretch. The final push before school is out for summer, and the social season winds down for a much-needed and well-deserved three-month hiatus. All of the wonderful things about summer – like no alarm clocks, summer Fridays, weekends at the lake, lazy alfresco dinners by the pool – feel like they are all within reach. We’re so close! If we can simply get through the month ahead.
I’m not going to lie. This isn’t going to be easy. It’s a marathon and a sprint all rolled into 31 very long days. I don’t know about you, but my schedule during this month is insane and often comical, with everyone trying to fit in a last event, activation, business trip or gala before Memorial Day. My head spins just thinking about it.
Not to mention final exams, Mother’s Day, graduations, a steady stream of end-of-school parties – all of it before we “check out” for summer. Of course, we all know that’s sort of a silly notion. Where I live, I hear it all the time: “EVERYONE leaves for the summer!” I know for a fact that they don’t – although it’s a nice thought. Yes, things slow down; but we don’t exactly turn off the lights downtown.
Summer, if we spend it as it’s intended, has a beautiful purpose. I’ll get more into my thoughts on that in my next letter. For now, though, all the magnificent, romantic things about summer – and all there is to look forward to – will keep me focused and ready for the whirlwind month ahead.
We’re going to get through it, my friend. I promise. But, hang on tight because here we go…
“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost
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