Now that summer is upon us and I’m feeling ready to take on the world, I decided it would be fun to come up with a few activities for myself to tackle during these hotter months. A summer bucket list as it were. Most are things that only work outside, but one is a little personal goal I know that can tackle now that I’m back to working from home.
1. Ride a roller coaster.
This is one that Rick and I say we will do every summer and every summer we fail to do it. La Ronde, the Six Flags park in Montreal is also home to the largest wooden roller coaster in Canada, called (appropriately enough) Le Monstre. I’m actually a HUGE roller coaster fan and a wooden roller coaster aficionado in particular, so the fact that I have yet to ride Le Monstre makes absolutely no sense at all. I figure that by putting it on this list we’ll have no choice but to finally do it.
2. Rock a crop top.
Body confidence is not one of my strong suits, but a new sensible exercise routine and the inspiration of the supremely bad-ass Margot Meanie make me think that I might actually be able to pull this off. I’m not generally one to flash a lot of flesh (I am rapidly approaching mutton-hood, after all), but I never had the confidence to rock this one when they came around the first time, so I figure now might be my last chance to give it a try.
3. Do yoga outside.
I’ve been out of practice for a while, but I love the way doing yoga makes me feel, both body wise and mind wise. So why not take advantage of the fact that there are multiple yoga studios offering outdoor sessions at my local park? I’d been scared of exercising this out in public, but now that I have a flexible schedule again, it seems silly not to at least give it a try.
4. Watch a movie under the stars.
I love movies. I love stars. I love the fact that Montreal has such a wide variety of free outdoor activities. This year they’re even setting up a screen right in the heart of downtown that’ll be screening flicks all summer in conjunction with the various summer festivals. No guarantee I’ll be able to get Rick to come with me since he hates crowds, but personally I can’t wait to see what’s on offer.
5. Learn Esperanto.
Okay, this one probably seems a little (okay, a lot) strange, but bear with me. For those of you not familiar with Esperanto, it’s an artificial language that’s been around since 1887. I’m anything but good at languages, but Esperanto was constructed specifically to be logical and super-easy to learn. Apparently it only takes a couple of months to become fluent, and because it’s based on Romance languages Esperanto is a great bridge to learning lots of other languages I don’t already speak like Spanish and Italian. I also like that Esperato is a “utopian” language, created to break down barriers and promote peace, meaning the the community around it is especially welcoming and supportive.