Happy Birthday America! Summer creeps up on us and then, before we know it, it’s Independence Day. We love you America and love to celebrate with fireworks, barbecues, and friends. But, then what?
Wednesday, or “hump day,” is the celebratory midpoint of the workweek. You have survived Monday and Tuesday! The rest of the week is putty in your hands as you lock your sight on the weekend.
When it comes to summertime, the 4th of July is a natural midpoint, not of work survival but rather summer-fun maximization. Allow me to explain. Summertime is like a tank of gas. Memorial Day is when you fill up your tank and get ready for a long, summer ride. The 4th of July is right in the middle of your tank. You’re having a blast and enjoying summer in all its magical, not-winter glory. Is your tank half full or half empty? I will spare you the philosophical discussion. Either way, Independence Day is a summertime hump day where you get to cut loose with a little extra spirit in the middle of the season.
Between the 4th and Labor Day, you have some work to do. You need to fit in your vacation (or another vacation), patio brunches, and enjoy every moment the sunshine gives you. And, if you are a Washingtonian like I am, you need to partake in the annual summer ritual of Friday jazz and sangria at the National Sculpture Garden. Don’t worry everyone. Summer is only half done. You’re tank is still half full. Labor Day is still far enough away. And besides, September just means you can start looking forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.