Good Summer Vibrations

Earlier this week I was driving home from an appointment and a song I’d heard many times before came on the radio. To be perfectly honest, I cannot remember what it’s called, who sang it, or what the exact lyrics were, but after listening, I was struck by how timely it was. The gist of it was that the guy singing it was going to turn off the world and simply sit back and enjoy his life. That’s what I’m going to do as well. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to relax and let my good vibes soothe the universe. Sure can’t hurt anything!

Tomorrow is definitely going to be a beach day. The dog is gonna go to day camp, where he’ll play with all his friends in the mister and baby pool. They’ll ply him with delicious doggy treats to get him to go into his crate. It’s gonna be toes in the water and a cold drink in my hand (in a koozie) out on the barrier island. I’m going to put my beach chair right out in the surf and let the waves do their magical little healy thing. Don’t worry, I’ll remember to put sunblock on the tops of my feet. I’ve had sunburn there before and that’s the worst. Really.

I’ve seen some really cute little girls’ one-piece swimsuits. The ones with the little attached ruffle are super adorable. I never got to have one like that when I was little. I mostly got hand-me-down bathing suits from my friend Jen, and she was never a girly girl like I was. If she could have gotten away with it back in the 80s, she would probably have worn a rash guard and board shorts. I, on the other hand, wanted to be Ariel. It didn’t much matter that in order for her to get her legs, she had to give up her voice. I wasn’t much of a talker then. Well, I guess I’m still not. I have changed my mind about being part fish, though. Plus, Prince Eric’s puffy shirts have nothing on a nice pair of Speedo swim trunks.

So when you’re taking a trip to the beach, and you’re going to stay awhile, do you take all the accoutrements with you in your tote bag? Or do you buy your pool floaties and towels at the beach? What’s the etiquette for that? You take your suit with you, but if you’re anything like me, you go through an intensive trying-on process to get the suit that flatters you best. Sometimes it can take years. I know you guys think I’m kidding, but ladies, I know you know what I mean.

Let’s get back to my good vibes meeting the universe… Here’s the part where I tell you that I’m going to do something crazy fun and a little bit scary but ultimately fulfilling and good for the world, and that I’m doing it next week. The first weekend in August is the time for the annual Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, a.k.a. gishwhes. 

Last year items on this list included: 

  • Item 10 – Find someone you love and butter them up; literally cover them in butter and then give them a big hug.

  • Item 16 – Create a beautiful tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy.

  • Item 32 – Write a thank you letter to a teacher or mentor from your past that you never sufficiently thanked. Mail it.

  • Item 56 - Get two uniformed, legitimate 3-star generals (or higher and retired is acceptable) to engage in a competitive, heated game of tick-tack-toe.

The list goes on. But what does this scavenger hunt have to do with my karma and good vibes, you ask? I’ll tell you! Many of the items center around doing something nice for someone else, or a group of someone elses. Since there are people doing this scavenger hunt all over the world, maybe our combined good vibes can make a real change. Here’s hoping!

Posted: Monday, August 01, 2016