16 Hours of Sunlight: A Manifesto

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No one tells the flowers to bloom and grow¬†in springtime–they just know. The air warms, the sky brightens, and they open their faces, turn heavenward, and reach for the sun. Like these blossoms, the arrival of¬†balmy spring air¬†and long-lit days¬†are stirring me to action.

Here in the Upper Left Coast, during the depths of winter, daylight lasts from roughly 8 am until 4 pm. Since I work a standard schedule, I pretty much never saw the light of day during a regular work week. But spring and summer are flipping the script on this pervasive darkness and on the longest day of the year, June 21, the sun will rise at 5:12 am and set at 9:11 pm. Do the math: sixteen lovely long hours of sunlight. I intend to maximize every minute.

I promise to rise early to make the most of each day. I promise to strap on my running shoes with the rising of the sun. I promise to spend every Sunday in the great outdoors and I promise to finally wear out my hiking boots. I promise to eat weekend breakfasts on the patio. I promise to get some dirt under my fingernails plant things that will grow. I promise to soak up as many sunsets as I can because the sunsets here are phenomenal. I promise to go barefoot whenever possible. I promise to watch outdoor movies at dusk. I promise, no matter what might be lacking in my life, to simply live.

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