Amelia Cullen looks at the pressure to have the time of our lives in summer
“Have you booked any holidays?” The question posed by hairdressers, beauticians, colleagues and just about anyone else making small talk from May to September. Even with travel plans halted – the answer more likely to be two weeks in Kerry than the beaches of Spain or Portugal – summer plans remain a collective obsession.
But it’s not just about having plans, it’s excelling at them. For all the advertising campaigns selling summer as a series of relaxing days at the beach, laughter-filled BBQs with friends, and adventures to new places, the reality feels a little more stressful. Instead of simply enjoying the longer days there is a pressure to fill them with picture perfect moments. A pressure to say yes to every BBQ, after-work drink or trip that comes your way.