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Bored this Summer? Here are some things for you to try!

The school year has officially ended and it is finally summer! Now is the time to pick up a hobby that you’ve always wanted to do or to just relax at your local pool. Here are 5 easy things you can do this summer to keep yourself busy.

1. Go Outside

I know this seems like a sort of obvious suggestion but the number of times that I have asked people “What are you gonna do this summer?” and get the response, “I don’t know; I’m probably just going to play video games all day” would surprise you. It is important to just be outside in the summer (I’m sorry if I sound like your parent right now). You don’t even have to do something active. If you pull out a chair and read in the sun (or even just watch Netflix) that can still be considered “going outside.”

2. Start a new hobby

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby because (just like during quarantine) you will probably have tons of time with nothing to do. Try something that you always wanted to learn such as learning piano or practicing volleyball. Go to your local arts and crafts center and see what they have to offer. Ask your neighbor what they usually do in the summer. Ask your siblings what their favorite activity is and try it out. Volunteer for an organization that you care about. Try out a new recipe. You have all of this free time, so you should use it.

3. Get a job

Summer is usually seen as the time for relaxation, but it is also the most convenient time to get some money. Getting a job doesn’t just have to be bagging groceries at the commissary or applying for the summer hire program. Getting a job could be babysitting/house sitting for your neighbor or starting a dog walking business. And you can never go wrong with a classic lemonade stand with some cookies.

4. Go on a random road trip

Whenever you are feeling intensely bored or just have nothing to do, grab your car (or a friend’s) and a quarter. If you don’t have a car, this can also be done on a bike or walking. The rules to this are simple. Whenever you come to an intersection, flip the coin. If it lands on heads, go right. If it lands on tails, go left. Do this about 10 to 20 times and then when the final toss is completed and you have arrived at your destination, make the most of it. You can have a picnic or just hang out. This activity is best done off base.

5. Go to an amusement park

Summer vacation usually can’t be completed without at least one trip to your local amusement park. Whether it be Wild Island, Six Flags, or Disneyland (or your country’s version of it), an amusement/water park is a great way to blow off steam for a day or two. Just remember to always follow your state/county/country’s COVID-19 guidelines and socially distance. Stay safe!


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