Summer is just around the corner and some of you may already have plans to enjoy this season. A few of you may plan to avoid the sun altogether and stay indoors where it’s nice and cool. If you’re part of the latter group, I hope this post will change your mind.
With gas prices sure to be on the rise in the summer, traveling may seem like a challenge. In the 2009 TedxPeachtree talk by Mike McQuary on “What if Gasoline was $5/Gallon?,” he points out some of the reasons why we choose to drive less and find alternatives to entertain us at home, such as playing board or video games like top-sellers Monopoly or Grand Theft Auto. Even with the rise of gas prices, he challenges us to look past things that may be an inconvenience.
You’ve made up your mind to travel, but you still want to avoid the sun even after applying sun block. You’re reminded of the risks of skin cancer related to sun exposure. Richard Weller wants you to embrace the sun. In his talk titled “Could the Sun be Good for Your Heart?,” he shares his research on some of the positive effects of sun exposure.
You may find yourself outdoors in a park one summer day. Frisbees are flying in the air. Someone is grilling in a distance. Children are screaming. Dogs are barking. But the one thing that catches your attention is the bee headed in your direction. You take off a flip-flop, ready to defend if the bee decides to attack you. Noah Wilson-Rich gave a TED talk on “Every City Needs Healthy Honey Bees” and wants to remind you that “honeybees die when they sting you, so they don’t want to do it either.” The numbers of bees are declining and as a result over 130 fruits and vegetables crops are rising in prices. Next time you see a bee, think twice before you kill it.
Wherever you are this summer, make sure to capture those personal events. Cesar Kuriyama recommends you to take a one-second video recording to help you recollect what you’ve done on that day. In his TED talk on “One Second Every Day,” he talks about a personal project he created, recording his moments of highs and lows in a series of one-second videos. When he turned 30, he took off an entire year off to travel and spend time with his family and friends. He recorded the videos as a personal diary that helped him appreciate life and the times where it was good.
If you’re still not convinced to enjoy the sun this year, maybe Ben Saunders can convince you in his talk on “Why Bother Leaving the House?” He’s been living in a tent at the Arctic Circle for two percent of his entire life. Ben was the only human being in 5.4 million square-miles. During his near 12 years in the Arctic Circle, he’s learned that “real inspiration and growth only comes from adversity and from challenge, from stepping away from what’s comfortable and familiar and stepping out into the unknown.”
I can’t recall the last summer vacation I’ve taken. Maybe I should take Cesar’s advice and start recording my daily activities to help jog my memory. Traveling was quite challenging for me, because I was a college student without a personal car. If I wasn’t taking summer classes, I was working. Basically, I found excuses and ways to keep myself indoors. As I’m getting older, I, too, see that there’s more to life than what my home has to offer. This summer, I’ve made up my mind to travel. I will be enjoying the sun in sunny California.
Emily Yang is the communications coordinator for Leadership DeKalb and is looking forward to her first TedxPeachtree event on November 8.