It is officially the middle of summer, meaning that almost everyone is now realizing that they have done none of the fun activities they swore to themselves they would do. During summer, everyone is broken down into three categories--those who work all summer, those in school all summer, and those who are lucky enough to be doing neither. This ~realistic~ summer bucket list pertains mainly to those who are lucky enough to have a free schedule, but can be applied to everyone.
1. Sleep all day
As much fun as it is to some people to stay up all night and watch the sun rise, or whatever it is that happens in the morning, some of us actually enjoy sleeping. Try sleeping all day. I know that sounds daunting, but you don't have to sleep all day; just a large chunk of the day.
I have found that taking multiple naps throughout your house over the course of a day works just as well. Try some new, fun, places to sleep--the couch, your sibling's or parents' bed, the dining room table. If you are feeling really adventurous, call a friend or significant other and nap at their house--it could even count as a date.
2. Get out of bed like once a day...at least
Having time off from some, if not all, of your adult responsibilities can make it feel as if you have all the time in the world to do nothing. It is, however, a smart idea to get out of bed at least once a day, though. Go to the bathroom, stock pile food, check the mail, anything really. Plus, bedsores are never fun.
3. Clean your room
Most people have spent the past nine months in school, meaning they spent the six weeks before summer vacation buried up to their eyes in old notes and study guides for their finals. Now, with very little else to do, you can clean your room and pretend you have your life together--for a couple days at least.
4. Finish your Netflix watch list
Summer was practically made for binge-watching. You've been adding new shows and movies to that list for months now, saying you'll watch it as soon as you have time. Well, now you have the time. There are approximately 130,000 minutes in the average summer vacation; that's enough to watch the entire series of The Office (U.S.) 21 times! So, start watching baby!
5. Eat real food
For reasons explained in #3, many people have not eaten real food in months. Try having a sandwich or something that cannot be made in a microwave. Or call a friend up and go grab something to eat together. It would count as getting out of your bed for the day.
6. Interact with other humans
Summer can be a very lonely time for some people, but it doesn't have to be! Call a friend to get lunch or go to a dog park and talk to someone with a cute dog. Even taking an Uber from point A to point B and making small talk with the driver is better than no human interaction.
7. Buy a bathing suit
It's summer. This is when you're supposed to go outside and go to the beach or pool. The first step in going to the beach or pool is buying something, anything, to swim in.
8. Put the bathing suit on and KILL IT
Every body is a beach body, including your's! Pale, dark, short, tall, size 00, size 30, no matter what, if you have a body, you are going to look AMAZING in a bathing suit!
9. Make memories
Memories don't have to be something extravagant, like meeting your favorite band or sneaking out of your house. Your memories can be something as mundane as a few silly selfies with friends, an all-nighter watching movies or a trip to a family member's house.
The important part of summer is taking time to relax. Even if you're in school or working all summer, it's important to take a few days for yourself. Stop comparing your summer to the summers you see on Instagram, because those just aren't reality.
While your summer bucket list might not fall out of your pocket in an Urban Outfitters dressing room and go viral, it is still something you will remember for the rest of your life.