Summer according to Wikipedia is the warmest of the four temperate seasons, between spring and autumn. Here in the Philippines, we don’t really feel the 4 different seasons. It’s just summer and everything else. But after the Christmas holidays, when everyone is back to work or back to school and everything returns to normal, the next thing that everyone prepares for is Summer.
I looked for when summer starts in the Philippines (officially) but it does not say. From what I know, usually, the school year ends in March and that usually marks the beginning of Summer. But for purpose of reference, Spring Equinox is on March 20, 2011 and Summer Solstice is on June 21, 2011.
But, really what is summer for you? For me, when I was young, summer was a time when I was soo free and I had soo much time to do whatever I wanted. When I grew up and graduated from school, summer had a different meaning. Yes, I was more restricted. Yes, I did not have time to do whatever I wanted because I still had a schedule to keep. BUT, it was a time when I could schedule vacations or trips to places that I wanted to see.
This time around, Havaianas defined it differently. Check out their video below and find out what summer is to them…
Pretty cool, huh? In essence, yes, I do believe that summer is a state of mind. It’s a state of mind you just feel happy – you smile, you laugh, you feel alive. It’s a state of seeing everything in technicolor and being loud and different – not being afraid to show anyone who you are and what you stand for.
Looking back, the past few years, I have only made plans during summer. I have always restricted myself to a period of time when I thought I was “allowed” to do these things. Now, I realize, I shouldn’t be restricted by time or by status quo. I can make summer stay all year round by having the “summer-disposition”. Fun, Free and Happy. Thank you, Havaianas! You gave me something to think about and gave me a goal to achieve.
What about you? What is summer to you?