These Are the 25 Things I Want to Do This Summer

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I woke up a few weeks ago and it was the first day of June and I swear only yesterday it was March of 2020. One of the biggest things on my mind lately is time—how fast it goes, how badly I wish I could hold on to moments, and what I can do to savor every drop of life as it passes.

When I was eighteen, I scribbled down a bucket list for life—the things I wanted to do and be and create. I tucked it in my wallet and didn’t look at it again until I moved into an apartment a decade later. The list was not only revealing in the sense that I could see myself at eighteen again with a new kind of tenderness that wasn’t available to me at the time, but also because I had actually knocked a couple of big items off the list. 

Like many of you, quarantine shifted something in me in a way that brought so much back to center, and with all the pruning and changing and evolving, stepping out this summer has felt monumental in the same way it felt to walk onto campus when I was eighteen. Now at age thirty-seven (almost twenty years later), I realize bucket lists aren’t only for people with all the time in the world, who have nothing but possibilities ahead of them. They’re made for prioritizing what is most important to you so when life happens, you don’t lose yourself in the process. 

Bucket lists aren’t only for people with all the time in the world, who have nothing but possibilities ahead of them. They’re made for prioritizing what is most important to you so when life happens, you don’t lose yourself in the process. 

Here’s what’s on my bucket list for this summer. It illustrates that the joys of summer never leave us unless we ignore them. 

Here’s my 2021 summer bucket list…

  1. Find my go-to summer wine
  2. Create a summer cocktail
  3. Learn to grill like a pro
  4. Get the kids in a pool!
  5. Get myself in the pool!
  6. Wear a bathing suit without worrying about my stomach
  7. Host a ton of dinner parties—the impromptu, thrown-together kind!
  8. Swim in a lake
  9. Catch fireflies with the kids
  10. Camp in the backyard with the kids
  11. Make floral arrangements from backyard foliage and flowers
  12. Make a pie out of fruit
  13. Make ice cream
  14. Make popsicles
  15. Successfully grow grass for the first time ever
  16. Lie in said grass during a rain shower with the kids
  17. Catch raindrops in our mouths
  18. Meditate outside in the morning
  19. Wear cute hats and sunscreen every day
  20. Write one or two sentences each day about what we did and how we felt
  21. Plan an epic fifth birthday party for August (my son)
  22. Ride my bike
  23. Create an “always ready” picnic basket for impromptu picnics
  24. Host a tea party for Bennett
  25. Plant flower boxes

I’ll add to this list and check things off as I go, and whatever we don’t get to this summer will stick around for the next one. Here’s to making the most of this new appreciation for the season. 

BY Kate Arends - June 16, 2021

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Meredith
June 16, 2021 10:25 am

Lol. You aren’t kidding about successfully growing grass. My fiancé and I have been working hard on our yard all spring to get grass growing in all the empty patches. We’re just now starting to see some of the benefits after worrying that the whole yard might be dead. Good luck to you!

June 21, 2021 10:29 pm

Love love love summertime! Your summer bucket list is so similar to mine!

June 27, 2021 6:37 pm

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Jessica L.
July 12, 2021 12:23 pm

Watermelon popsicles are always on my summer list. A seedless watermelon blended with lime and a little bit of sugar is a family favorite in my house!

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