3 Tips to Socializing This Summer
By Shasta Nelson, M.Div.
In the summer, our expectations about our relationships seem to increase (second only to during the winter holiday season.) The season of long days and extra sunshine seem to heighten our desires for all that we could be experiencing with others!
Expectations Increase in the Summer
Summer brings up a lot of idealized pictures: happy family vacations, backyard barbeques with neighbors, street festivals with friends, and sipped drinks on patios with our BFF’s. Our summer activities beg to be done with others. Any time our expectations go up, we’re at risk of having our disappointment rise with them. In that gap between our hopes and our reality often comes the surprising feeling of loneliness — surprising only in that it’s summer time where the truth seems most obvious to us.