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I'm off work for the summer (every year). What to do?

Asked by janedelila (3904points) June 24th, 2010

This summer is especially different. Last year I partied the summer away, and feel like I wasted it. I had tragic losses in the months before vacation and chose poor coping mechanisms. I feel I may be slipping back that way, and can’t figure out how I should fill the time. Any and all suggestions welcome!

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WestRiverrat's avatar

If you can’t find a paying summer job, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity or some other nonprofit organization.

janedelila's avatar

Well, I do bartend on the weekends year round, money isn’t an issue, I also receive unemployment. I’ve considered volunteering but my winter job is quite demanding physically and emotionally. It is for a nonprofit agency so I love that idea, just not for me. Great answer though @WestRiverrat . Thank you.

jazmina88's avatar

travel…..go listen to good bands.

WestRiverrat's avatar

When I was in college, my buddy and I got a CN or CP rail pass that let us travel anywhere a Canadian passenger train ran. It was good for a month, so we hopped on/off the train anywhere it stopped that looked interesting.

eden2eve's avatar

Take up a new hobby or learn a new skill:

Learn to play an instrument, one you don’t already play. I just bought a keyboard.
Crochet/knitting/tatting.
Take classes in some kind of exotic culinary skills or herbalism, etc.
Yoga or kick boxing
Calligraphy
Horse Vaulting
Scrapbooking
Gardening
Genealogy
Jewelry design and crafting
Stamping

janedelila's avatar

@eden2eve love love loving the kickboxing idea!! Yessss physical activity will absolutely quench the party urge. Looking into it immediately.

sleepdoc's avatar

I guess it all depends on what kind of financial situation you are in.

judochop's avatar

Bottle of Bacardi, Xbox360, small bag of maryjane, shorts, tank top, coffee table, tea with too much honey, enjoi.

janedelila's avatar

Oh! That’s what I did last summer! Killed soooo many zombies, sat in the dark with my friend Bacardi, listened to Type O Negative (I know, dramatic) lost roach clips, and ate one sammich a day. Maybe it wasn’t as bad as I thought…that’s why I feel myself drawn that way again.

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