Recovery is long isn’t it. Whether it’s recovering from surgery, mental health, addiction….it can feel like a long slog to feeling like your bright, shiny, self again……but we will get there. And it will all be worth it.
I am all for living in the moment, making the most of the now. But sometimes you just need a little exercise to lift your spirits and take your mind off of ‘a difficult/ mundane time or long recovery,’ and it’s great to have a few things to look forward to in the pipe line.
So today I got thinking about summer. Ok, I know it’s only April, but we’ve all had a little taste of the sunshine, and it’s gone to our heads. ( I hope I wasn’t the only one who was stressing out that I have zero summer clothes, frantically looking online for a new wardrobe, for all 3 days of sun we had.) But it did get me thinking about this summer, and how I would like to spend it.
I’ll be spending the majority of my summer in Brighton. I love Brighton, it’s definitely my happy place. I’m not sure exactly why I love Brighton, but I do remember after a stressful day at work, when I stop, breathe and look around me. I felt an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and content ness to be in such a happy, colourful and vibrant city. So choosing to live here was an easy decision.
I told myself I would do so many things last summer in Brighton and due to life , work and knee problems, I didn’t get round to even half. So this summer I intend to make more time. So what better way to lift the spirits, than to write your own summer bucket list. It’s not about jumping off bridges ( unless that’s your thing ). But about looking for reasons to celebrate, and enjoy the places we live, doing things we love, no matter how small.
Here’s my list for anyone visiting Brighton, or like me surgery recovery has been such a slog, you just need a little something to look forward to.
- Be tourists for the day down Brighton Pier.
- Go to more open mic nights (Love the Brunswicke pub in Hove for this .)
- Eat Fatto Mano Pizza ( the best ) on the lawns on a warm summer evening.
- Watch more coastal sunsets.
- Check out as many new Coffee shops ( Hixon Green, Flour Pot Bakery & Red rooster faves )
- Have a picnic in St Anne’s Gardens.
- Dance the day away at Gay Pride
- Cycle from Brighton to Hove beach ( little hopeful, but if knee is willing)
- Join a yoga class above Six in Hove (once knee recovered)
- Try out more Vegan restaurants.
- Host a big BBQ
- Summer evening date night at Theatre Royal
- Summer day drinking on Brighton Beach.
- Go to Brighton Food festival.
- Watch more live gigs/ comedy (Komedia Comedy Club is the most popular )
- Stroll along the colourful north laines and buy some vintage bits.
- Read books on Hove Lawns and dog watch ( So many cute puppies down there.)
Feeling better already.
Ready to soak up the season. Now roll on the sunshine………….
x Happy Saturday x