Good weather brings good times. Bye-bye seasonal depression, hello summer serotonin and Vitamin D. Now that the sun is out, I feel more optimistic and ready to venture out and try new things.
The same happened last year, though my gratefulness meshed with that glorious post-vaccine summer. Dizzy with possibility, I stepped into that brave new world ready to make the most of my reclaimed freedom.
Pre-pandemic, I was known to make plans and flake on them — sorry to all my friends, and RIP to all those plans I called off at the last minute. Imagine my regret when I spent almost a year and a half locked up with no real ability to plan anything. Oh, how I longed for outings and occasions. Oh, how I lamented the memories I might have made. And most of all — oh, how I glanced back in regret and disappointment over the former version of myself who had no clue how good she had it.
I spent the pandemic wistful, but then I made up for it last Hot Girl Summer by going totally overboard. I went to parties I wasn’t interested in, I went to clubs I didn’t like. If there was an invite, I was there. Sure, I had good times. But I was so afraid of missing out on time with friends that I didn’t prioritize my own experience.
Many of us did the same. The ever-prescient Vogue surmises that this decade — dubbed the Roaring 20’s in reference to the 1920s and the bacchanalian merry-making many wish to imitate — will be full of opulence and opportunity. “It smells like something you can’t afford; it reeks, frankly, of cash,” Vogue mentioned in 2021. “I know what you’re thinking: This might not be the time for pure extravagance. We’re still at war with COVID, the climate has irrecoverably changed — we should not be spending, we should be cautious. But caution, be damned … After being so careful, I’m making the case for nights of transient, gaudy, strobing fun. A life measured in lockdown hours has felt incredibly long, and I’m lusting for life’s-too-short energy.”
And they were right — mostly. While not all of us are fiending to spend money recklessly, the notion of simply living truly resonates. I want thrills, I want to be out in the world, I want to feel the sun on my skin all day, then a chilly breeze all night. I’ll admit I might have overdone it last summer, but I want this summer to be packed with the same level of excitement — but a bit more intentionally.
For example, once I realized last summer that I no longer handle hangovers with ease, I’ve been sober-curious since. Maybe it’s my age, or maybe because the pandemic’s lockdown reduced my tolerance to alcohol, but I am interested in trying alternatives for regular revelry.
I dipped my toe into the sober waters with Dry January and have been practicing mindful drinking ever since. According to The New York Times, this is a growing phenomenon. “Dry January — or Drynuary, for the initiated — offers your body and mind a chance to reset and reflect after the seasonal bloat and weariness . . . For a vocal movement, the approach of scaling back drinking to live more fully in the moment can, and should, happen year-round. Rather than cutting out alcohol entirely, though, a growing number of people are “sober curious,” exploring elements of a booze-free lifestyle without fully abstaining. Mindful drinking, a phrase and philosophy that brings the self-reflection of meditation to a glass of wine or beer, has become increasingly commonplace in recent years.”
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