Ah, the longest day of the year! Abundance of daylight! Summer daze ahead!
This Is…This Was
This is… no wait, this was one of my favorite days. I’ve always been a summer girl with a birthday in June and a great love of the warmer months. Sun worship is…no wait, was a routine of my life. Summer solstice was always a little bittersweet as I felt 14 hours of daylight was perfect and begrudged the coming of the dark.
Happy Summer Solstice to you in the Northern Hemisphere! ‘Inti Raymi’rata, the sun festival of the Incas, is one celebration of light. Norway, “Land of the Midnight Sun”, celebrates 24 hours of daylight now. Stonehenge is a site of ancient worship of the sun. Celebration of the sun started long before our melanoma; its how we cancer patients react to it that really makes the difference.
Yes, I do notice on-screen ads depicting the sun fun thing…it seems everything is better during the warmer months. Whether drinking a Corona or buying a Subaru, life is incredibly perfect on sunny summer days. And this mentality is everywhere. Did I think about this before skin cancer? Nope and the marketing is not going to change overnight either. Life changes and how are you dealing with having a life and melanoma, too?
Favorite holidays? Some love Christmas, others Halloween. Any one that knows me, knows my favorite day of the year is Ground Hog Day! Advocating for this day is easy…we start talking about Spring, no matter how far away the reality is; we can see the light at the end of the winter darkness tunnel. Damn it! We’re half way to Spring. And that is something to celebrate!
Ground Hog Day, Summer Solstice, and another favorite-Winter Solstice I celebrate knowing the sun is going to come back to us all yet again. Sure I have a lot of fun with people and my Ground Hog Day initiative but hey, come February we all need to tee-hee a bit.
All of this celebration is my solar system; it’s just part of how I mark time, seasons, and living. Appreciate sunshine, warmth, and growing vegetables. Find courage in shimmering seas, hope dawning on one more day, inspiration in beautiful sunsets.
Do what you need to do to live life with a mindfulness about melanoma and other skin cancers. Check the EPA UV Index, seek shade, wear sun screen, avoid intense sun, wear protective clothing, and get on with life! #melanoma #melanomatheskin #sunsmarts #summersolstice #skincancer
One more rotation for all of us, now that is something to celebrate!
We can-cer vive!