The morning sun stares me straight in the eye. The heat is painful. It wakes me up, telling me “it’s time to move on and spend at least 30 minutes of my wake-up time jumping, forcing the body and the limbs to express the lives that they own.”
Summer makes me realize I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting down writing and editing, I have forgotten my body needs exercise that would enable it to use its energy reserves. At my age, I really need exercise. My work keeps me glued on my desk, from late morning to early evening. I am not teaching this Summer, save for the graduate classes I handle every Saturday. You know teaching makes me more mobile; office work makes me a slave of my table and pile of papers I must review, sign, or decide upon.
I will keep on exercising physically as long I need it, beyond this Summer season. I must be healthy and remain strong; these paper works must not prevent me from being alive and young (at least the feeling of it!). I must enjoy Summer like when I was not buried in work–free, exciting, seemingly endless.
Staying healthy. To a certain extent, that would mean eating healthy foods. One Thursday, which we called Freedom Day–literally from everything and everyone–we prepared Greek salad with strawberry-flavored vinaigrette. It was something we saw from a food magazine simply called EATS. We got inspired, we mimicked every veggie it must have and ate it along Revilla staples, such as turon, pancit palabok, and pancit bihon and pork sisig. These were washed down by our special melon drinks.
One thing about Summer, it is a season of foods, better yet of healthy foods because fruits and veggies are at the height of their seasons, too. It is one of the best seasons in the country, minus the agonizingly hot days and the dust and dirt of busy streets. We have yet to go to beaches or resorts, but almost every week, the time is spent preparing foods and eating with the family, made more fun by the bahay kubo specially made for Summer and the videoke thing that we now own!
Before it rains. We must enjoy everything. Soon it will be Fiesta and that means more foods and bonding moments. Of course, I will give more attention to healthy foods–fruits and veggies!–because I want to stay healthy and live long. Before the rain comes, I must write more and weave words to keep me inspired and stay who I really am. To write for myself!
That way, I will enjoy Summer more and more.