“I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.”
This weekend is Midsummer, one of the biggest holidays in Finland. Technically, Midsummer was Friday; everything closed at noon, there were cookouts and bonfires, people headed off to the woods to camp, and the great weather was appreciated and celebrated. It’s a long weekend thing, though. Everything remained closed on Saturday, and some things are open limited hours today. Life will be more-or-less back to normal on Monday, but to be honest, everyone gets on vacation in July. A lot of mom-and-pop shops are closed for the whole month, and a lot of businesses are open limited hours per day or fewer days per week so that can operate with less staff.
Some people who’ve never lived here think these long vacations are lazy or decadent. They’ve never been through The Long Dark. They’ve never experienced the harsh winters. No, fool, when it’s warm outside and the sun is shining, you go outside! The hang out in the woods or down at the lake, and you soak up as much of that sunshine as you can, while it lasts. For the sake of your sanity, you need to appreciate the summer, and use the memory of it to help you hang on through the winter.
And when it rains, you sit by the window and do arts and crafts!