So it’s supposed to be the big day. The day that everybody goes outside and watches fireworks blazing across The City. It’s also supposed to be the day of the barbecue. From what you’ve seen and heard, the way it’s supposed to be is that your family is supposed to get together, and you’re all supposed to have lots of food over the grill and charcoal, some water balloons, maybe even a water gun or two, and the loudest, most rambunctious fireworks in the world.
But what if you don’t have any of that? Or what if you’re actually totally ‘over’ the 4th of July before the first grill is even lit?
When I was a Young in Los Angeles, 4th of July was more often than not a day when it seemed like everyone except my family and I could enjoy the time. There was never much money for fireworks, and ever since my brother and I were toddlers, mom had completely banned any water guns for us to play with. This left just water balloons, but then, there were only so many kids who still wanted to chuck water balloons at each other as teens; everyone was more interested in the crackle and spark of fireworks. This left my brother and I to mostly just watch as other kids got to light up their explosions.
But now, maybe because you’re luckier, I’ve got 5 tips for you to get through the 4th of July when it’s dragging that my bro and I would have appreciated when we were in your shoes!
1. Go outside because it’s fresher. Even if it’s just to go to the store to get some milk and cookies, that still counts as getting ‘outta the house. You’ll notice the slower pace of the city during a holiday like the 4th. In L.A., most of the roads tend to quiet down some, which relaxes the vibe of the whole place. And if you and your folks can hop on a bus or rail line to get out somewhere farther like the Santa Monica Pier or Elysian Park, the city will feel even more fresh for you to sift through. You need this!
2. Make your own cheeseburger. I’ve got a secret for you: with just a little over five dollars, you can purchase a pound of ground beef and a bag of burger buns. Throw some salt and seasoning on the beef, grill it easy on the oil, warm the buns, then add onions, lettuce, and a slice of tomato, avocado or whatever other ingredients your creativity calls for. Your burgers won’t taste like the kind you’re used to getting, but they’ll be better because they’ll be made by your own doing. Your own personal barbecue!
3. Take a nap. If you’re able to, try to take a short nap, preferably during daylight since the evening will be locked in explosive sounds at least until midnight. A nap also works well with Item 2 on our list, since both the beach and the park can serve as key locations to catch a few Zzzzs. You need this!
4. Start your podcast for the Jimbo Times Hoodie Challenge. Err, I mean, can you blame me for trying to motivate you into some action? Now’s as good a time as ever! At least to get started on the outline, for crying out loud! You realize you’re going to need a new hoodie after summer, right?!
5. Tell mom or dad you love them, then run like they’re zombies. Continue running. What I mean is, you need to take a jog! Why doesn’t anyone believe me on this? A light jog is good for your mind and body! It helps expel the pressure points, or the places where your body accumulates stress!
Now, is this a bulletproof list of stuff to help you get through the day? Nope. It’s just a start. Most importantly, what you have to know is this: if the day ends up dragging for you no matter what, you’re not alone. It happens. And quite a lot at that as you come to terms with reality. But in this case, you might as well give at least one of the items here a shot just to see if it helps. At day’s end, it’s still never too late to make the day count in your own way, and of course you can do it. Jimbo Times believes in you!