The other day Karen Swim over at Words for Hire wrote about how quickly the summer has passed and how few fun things she’s accomplished. I’ve felt that my own summer has kind of passed me by as well. While I’ve been working on the big Somedays in my life, I’ve forgotten about the little ones.
Don’t get me wrong. We’ve had a very full summer – weekend trips to Catalonia, Madrid and Bilbao; friends visiting from France, Madrid and Toronto; at least one afternoon a week on the beach; and last week during San Sebastian’s summer celebration of the Virgin (Semana Grande) we saw fireworks every night and went out dancing until at least 3am five out of the seven nights.
So what’s missing? What small Somedays have I not managed to cram into an already jam-packed summer?
- Hiking in the mountains: since my first online conversation with Raul, we’ve talked abuot climbing a local peak that’s walking-friendly.
- The city’s Santa Clara Isle: I look at it every time we head to the Parte Vieja, or I go teach English class, but I’ve never gotten around to taking the ferry over to the island. There’s nothing really there – just parkland and a lighthouse, but it’s THERE and therefore I want to explore it.
- Visit friends in my former village in France: I use the lack of a car an excuse for that, but really all I need to do is ask to borrow a friend’s car for the day and send my friends an email. I just haven’t made time.
Given everything that we have accomplished this summer, my Someday List is short, but they’re pretty important to me, so…
- Before classes start on September 2nd, I will borrow that car and drive across the border to visit my friends.
- Next week I’ll arrange with Raul to go to the island one day after work. And if he’s too tired, I’ll go exploring on my own.
- Hiking is a good autumn activity, so before we go to Paris to see Madonna on the 19th of September, I’ll gather up a group of friends and we’ll spend a Sunday afternoon in the mountains.
What’s your summer Someday List?
- Even when we’re being incredibly productive, there are usually things left undone.
- Taking the time to think about your Someday List is often enough of a spur to start clearing it.