Every time summer comes around, I’m reminded of how much I love summer.
I love the way the sun feels on my skin, and the way the light glows cooler and greener under the shade of a tree. I love sleeping with the windows open and waking up to sunshine, birds, and wind chimes. I love seeing people running, or going for walks. I love the air of absolute motivation, and the people, people, people.
It’s a time when seasonal depression finally disappears and people smile in front of (and behind) camera lenses, couples laugh as they walk hand-in-hand and children play in the streets.
I don’t know what it is, and I don’t want to know the science behind it—I want to stay mystified by the magic that summer has.
I’ve never, ever considered summer to be my favorite season—autumn has had a special place in my heart since I was a little girl—but this weather has me feeling so incredible. The motivation I’m feeling has led me to compile a list of things that I want I achieve by the end of the summer, and it’s so ambitious that I don’t think I can feasibly finish it all.
But that certainly won’t stop me from trying.
People frown upon unrealistic expectations, they say that you should keep your goals realistic for fear of… well, I don’t know what their fear is of. Living, maybe?
I say that you should set your goals higher than you can see. Why would you ever want to limit yourself? It’s the dreamers—the people who think unrealistically—that achieve the dreams that they never thought would come true, the dreams that others say aren’t “realistic.” We shouldn’t let others decide what is achievable for us because that’s when we’ll let other people sew a deep-rooted fear of failure into our seams, and a fear of failure does nothing but stop you from trying.
So whether your goals are small, summery, seasonal goals (starting a blog, losing weight, reading 10 books, or asking that person out), or your goals are lifetime goals (becoming an author, singing on a stage, or becoming a successful artist or businessperson), I say just go for it.
Because honestly, what’s the worst thing that can happen if you’re pursuing something that you love?
And if you get knocked down? Try, try again.