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11 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO THIS SUMMER TO FEEL ALIVE

Summer has just arrived, the heat is on, and the ladies are starting to wear only the necessaries to cover what they decide to cover. If you don’t know what to do with your time or money or you simply don’t have any plans for the summer we have good news for you. We came up with a list that will make your life more exciting and joyful during the next three months. Because, as George Gershwin once wrote, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”

Written By @TheodorosII For TCmag

DO TOURISTY THINGS IN YOUR OWN CITY OR TOWN

Okay, so let’s say you belong to the unfortunate category of people who won’t be able to spend some quality time in an exotic place in the Caribbean or on a beautiful Greek island, and for one reason or another you have to spend the whole summer at home. You have two choices: a) you can bitch about it constantly or b) make the most of it. So, for starters, see your town in a different way and why not finally ride your city’s bus tour with the rest of the tourists who visit this summer? 

READ A PRINT BOOK AT THE BEACH

It’s no secret that in the digital age books are losing their glory and, excluding the few remaining romantic peeps, the vast majority of people (especially the younger generation) are not willing to read anything in print that’s longer than a tweet. Make a change this summer and try to enlighten yourself in the beautiful, old-fashioned way: Leave your smartphone at home every time you hit the beach and get a tan while reading a classic (in print form dammit!) like Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, for example. You won’t regret it. 

TREAT YOURSELF TO A DELICIOUS CHEAT MEAL EVERY NOW AND THEN

We all know that summer is the time when everyone takes care of their physique and eats right, which is the reason so many people hit the gym and start dieting. It’s really important to look good and be healthy but don’t overdo it. Stick to your diet plan and workout routine but reward yourself every now and then and go to a BBQ with family or friends and take your lady (if you happen to be in a relationship) out at least a few times a month to a special meal and some awesome summer cocktails. It’s about enjoying life fellas. Never forget that! 

UNPLUG FROM THE FREAKING INTERNET

Let me make this clear before I say anything else: I LOVE the Internet, I really do, and truth be told I personally make a living thanks to the Internet, and it’s how I do 90 percent of my shopping these days. So I fully understand that it’s inevitable for some of us–especially those of us who work via the Internet–to spend a respectable amount of time online every day. However, I can’t stand the people who keep their face pointed down at their smartphones even when they’re outside. It’s fucking summertime homeys, set the phone down, step away from the computer, and experience life without the Internet for a few rare moments. We always have the winter to sit like zombies in front of our many screens.  

WAKE UP EARLY AND CATCH THE DAY

During the winter we usually want to spend as much time as possible in our bed under warm covers and the early-morning wake-up can be a nightmare especially if it’s freezing outside. Thankfully, early wake-ups during summer can be divine especially if you happen to live near the beach or by a lake where you can hear the birds singing while you’re having breakfast and watching the sun rise. So wake up early and go for a walk or cycling until you find the nearest body of water to swim in or lay next to. 

ROCK AN ALL-WHITE OUTFIT

I know this might sound like a corny idea but if you think about it there’s no better time than summer to rock an all-white outfit and look good. All right, there’s a good chance you’ll look like the male Lady Gaga or even worse, like Michael Jackson during his prime, but is there a better outfit to show off your tanned body and muscles than an all-white one? And hey, it’ll go with your bright smile! 

GO WATCH AN OUTDOOR MOVIE

If you’re following us closely then you know that we did a list about eleven cool movies that will open this summer so we will stick to the premise of that list and say once again that it’s never too boring a thing to watch a good film. Even if watching films isn’t your thing (you must be a rare kind of human then) or you don’t fancy crowded movie theaters, you need to keep in mind that outdoor cinemas can offer a unique and romantic experience that you won’t get in the multiplex downtown. So if you opt for this activity, make sure you go with a sexy female and not your best bud because if you do go with him there’s a chance it might turn into a hot and heavy bromance, if you know what I mean. 

GO HIKING AND CAMPING

Okay, so let’s say you have free time during the summer but you don’t have the money to go on vacation and stay in a decent hotel. Hiking and camping is a cheap and awesome solution that will help you connect with Mother Nature while simultaneously taking you out of civilization and all its noise. You will get away from the Internet and exercise your body and mind at the same time. There’s always a solution if you’re willing to see the bright side to things.  

GO TO AN OUTDOOR CONCERT

Summer is the most ideal time of year to go see an outdoor concert. This is why so many artists and bands tour during the summer and there are so many music festivals in major cities. If you can’t afford a ticket for a concert then the only advice we can give you is to get a job ASAP. 

START A GARDEN

So let’s say you are in a dark stage of your life where nothing is going really well: you have no job, you have no money, you have no friends, you have no girlfriend, and the only thing you’re flirting with lately is depression. Is there salvation out there for you? The answer is HELL YEAH! You can do something beautiful and creative with all your free time right now such as starting a garden, which will help you see that patience and persistence will one day pay off. There is almost a primal satisfaction in making things grow from the ground, and trust us when we say that when you taste the fruit and vegetables you plant you won’t feel like a loser anymore! 

DO SOMETHING EXTREME

Are you bored with your daily routine? Did you have a rather boring winter at work? Do you want to feel more alive than ever before and feel large doses of adrenaline running through your body? Well if the answer to all the previous questions is YES then stop being a coward and go seek the adventure you are looking for. Summer offers a wide range of extreme sports and activities that will help you achieve your goal: BASE jumping, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, flowboarding, free diving, the list goes on. 

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