Or why didn’t I get this as an adult?
An earlier blog speaks of some basic sun worship mistakes from my childhood. The culture of the times was all about that healthy glow and rich tan skin. Really, there was nothing to get; sun bathing was the norm. Don’t let the guilt get the best of you. Change begins today, never yesterday.
In my young adult years, say in my 20’s and 30’s, I continued to seek sun whenever possible. My young family enjoyed walking, hiking, playing sports,riding bikes, gardening, camping, boating, and best of all, the beach, whether lake or ocean. We were active, happy, and brown.
My son was, and is, feral. He seeks the wild places and “needs” to be outdoors. He was lucky enough to have that most of the time as a child and to create his life around that need as an adult. For our family, outdoor adventure made us feel alive and the best times were “out”. Dear children-I hope that your past sun history never becomes what mine has. If I only had known and I hope skin cancer never comes in to your life.
I love being a librarian but sometimes felt work got in the way on a gorgeous summer or winter day, when the natural world beckoned. I chuckled while doing a mid-February story time about the beach and felt like I was in heaven when I plunked down into my beach chair to read with families. Summer reading brought the enticement of story time and programs anywhere outside; the pool, the library garden, the bookmobile at the ball field, the free lunch program all lured me in for reading in the great outdoors!
My sisters, brother, and all of our families loved our family reunions. Sun meant fun as we spent a whole weekend together in the warmer months, traipsing kids, babies, and parents to the beach, on boats, up gorges, to outdoor fairs, through campgrounds. See the theme in our lives? Best days were often the maximum time out, just out.
I Took A Walk in the Woods And Came Out Taller Than the Trees (Henry David Thoreau)
I don’t intend to give up on my life alfresco; I intend to be #sunsmart. Wow! This is a complete lifestyle change. We know the drill of sunscreen, SPF clothing, and avoiding peak sun times. There is no way, I repeat NO WAY, I will give up on fresh air and that wonderful feeling it brings.
How do you deal with the sun? What are you learning to modify your life without giving up your outdoor adventures? I’d love to hear from you because we all have much to learn, not so much to give up. It’s that idea of balance that comes into play so much with all of us, but particularly with cancer patients. It’s easy to tip the scale.
I am super pleased that I am wrapping my head around getting on and getting out there. Have courage, bring mindfulness into your adventure. Don’t let melanoma rule. Find inspiration in the new, different way that you live. Sun safety matters and so does the adventure we call life!
Here’s one easy example-Get out there and enjoy a bit of moonshine this week. Life is full and so is the East coast moon on Thursday! It might be a cloud-covered evening but hey, there’s always tomorrow! #melanomatheskin #melanoma #thursdaythoughts #melanomamoonshine
We can-cer vive!