Ah, summer. Do you love it as much as I do? Hot dogs, roller coasters, ice cream, backyard pools and sprinklers...these are what come to mind when I think of summer. I wonder what my children will recall of their childhood summers. Will they think fondly of the long drives in the van to visit far-flung family and friends? Will they think of the awe-inspiring sunset behind the mountains? Will it be the evenings spent chasing fireflies in the backyard with the neighbors?
As a financial planner, I talk with people far too often who are "too busy" to enjoy the fruits of their labors. My goal is to help people reach their goals, which are rarely about having a certain amount of money in the bank. The goals I hear are to spend time doing the things they love with the people they love.
What do you think of? What does "summer" mean to you? Have you done any of those things yet this year? As adults without small children in the house, it can be easy to overlook these pleasures, and be "too busy" for them now. However, you're never too old for an ice cream cone, or for a spin on the carousel.
I hope you'll accept a summer challenge: pick your favorite memory, pick up the nearest grandchild or close friend, and go "do" summer. Don't let it go by without enjoying it!