I like to pretend that I spent my last days of summer productively. In reality, I could be found at 10 PM on Sunday night mournfully playing a dollar store kazoo and eating vegan frosting with an oversized spatula. I think that’s productive enough.
In the past few months I travelled all over the East Coast. I went to music festivals, played in the Canadian Ultimate Championships, and stuck myself on an island for what turned out to be the best week of my life. I visited cafés, went to beaches, and did every necessary summer related task. I’ve had a good summer.
So, in my defense, there’s nothing wrong with watching it end with a kazoo in hand and vegan frosting on my spatula. In this issue, there’s plenty of inspiration to making the most of the last days of summer. You’ll find music to jam to as the days get shorter, a guide to checking off your entire summer bucket list in a few days, and everything you need to end the season with a bang. As for myself, I may not be going out with a bang, but maybe a sort of annoying BZZZ is close enough.
Doing nothing is my favourite thing to do. Being unproductive is very underrated in our society, and for me it’s on the top of my most joyous activities list, or should I say “un”-activities. This may have to do with my anxiety around actually doing work, then procrastinating, which results in a lot more work than there originally was and less time to do it then. It’s just a huge cycle of tears, binge eating, and not getting enough sleep ever.
A few days ago if you asked me what I accomplished this summer I would have told you nothing. Because I didn’t really procrastinate, I never got stressed out and most importantly I was happy. Yet I realized that I’ve actually accomplished a number of things, because I came about doing everything with a stress free mentality with the excuse of summer. Without the negativity, I managed to be really productive, get shit done, while still having one of the best summers of my life.
I continued editing this magazine, I travelled halfway across the world to visit family and be a tourist in my birth country, and learned to play an obscure Persian instrument. I don’t know about you, but that’s a pretty productive summer to me. Life lesson: you can turn every season into stress-free one if you just pretend it’s summer and look at everything from a positive point of view.