When I listen to Bryan Adams my ego screams, “Guilty pleasure!” at best and “Shame!” at worst. Sometimes when I’m in the car and “Summer of 69” comes on the radio, the inside of me rocks out and feels it, while to drivers around me who may be (but are probably not) looking at me, I’m totally cool—this song is nbd. Clearly I’m still in the process of embracing my love for mainstream music. I’ll get there.
So yeah, summer is here. The solstice earlier this week makes it official. This is the part of the year I love, so much that I wish I could slow down time. I see evidence of life emerging everywhere; the blooming cherry tree in front of my home; the
community garden on my block; blooming flowers everywhere. With friends too, we emerge from winter hibernation and enjoy summer together, in parks and on patios. SUMMER IS MY FAVORITE.
Surprisingly, I find staying in the moment during this season challenging. When I am enjoying something quintessentially summer, my brain cuts in with, “The days are only getting shorter from here on out!” What a buzz kill, right?
I decided to make an 80’s summer songs playlist. It emulates the feeling summer gives me and will help me practice owning the absolute love I have for some of the songs of my childhood. Neither childhood nor summer is meant to last forever, so I’ve resolved to savor the season and let it go when it’s time.