MikeThe View from the Bottom is Mike Millisor’s monthly letter to all of the stakeholders of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts.

Savor Summer

Remember how much you looked forward to summer when you were a kid? I do. It wasn’t just the time away from school; it was the expectation of those long summer days, with time wide-open to do whatever we wanted. And yeah, when I was kid, summers seemed to stretch on for a wonderfully long time, so that I was almost ready to head back to school in September.

I still look forward to summer that way, and a lot of the appeal is the same. As long as I have children in school, summer will mean more time with them – taking them new places, teaching them new things, and just hanging out and getting to know them as they grow up. With warm, sunny days in Breckenridge, it also means time to sit on the deck with a beer in my hand and friends all around me, reflecting on everything that is good about life.

Summer doesn’t seem to stretch on as long these days, though. It passes in the blink of an eye, leaving me to wonder why I didn’t manage as much of that much-fantasized leisure that I’d planned. I can look back on some fantastic vacation trips I’ve taken, I can smile at the memory of the music festival that filled a weekend, but I can’t recall doing any of that just hanging out that I had so looked forward to. I’m guessing that the same is true for many of you as well. I think we all should do something about that.

In this busy world, it really is true that we need to schedule our downtime. If we don’t consciously set aside time to rest and restore our minds and bodies, that time gets filled with errands, social invitations, and even work. So go ahead, set aside some time to do nothing. It doesn’t so much matter where you choose to do nothing; you can even go somewhere away from home to do nothing. Just make sure you do it.

If you choose to come to Breckenridge this summer to do nothing, we’ll do our best to pamper you. We’ll have the hot tubs ready for a soak, we’ll have the spas ready for a massage, we’ll have the movie theaters well-stocked with that Academy Award-winner you missed. All the restaurants in town will have plenty of beer, wine, and food to sate you. And we’ll have cool nights and soft beds to gently complete your days in the mountain sun.

But wherever you do your chilling, take a few moments to reflect on the fantasies of summer vacation. Feel what you felt as a kid: that life is full of moments to look forward to, to drink in, and, finally, to return to in memory when you are “back in school” and need a break. We have the opportunity to make all moments of life good, but those laid-back summer moments have a goodness all their own.