"If you thrive on the city energy it is necessary to leave the city frequently
and to walk in parks, to get away from people. You are more sensitive
than you realize. Find a spot that makes you happy."
Next week The American Swede will be publishing an article on Rivay, a menswear brand based out of New York City. The inspiration behind the brand? Finding a brand of clothing that allows for an easy transition from work to weekend hobbies.
While I anxiously wait to get my hands on some of the incredible Rivay pieces, I decided to go up to the lake house in Wisconsin this past weekend. For as long as I can remember, I’ve summered at lake houses – whether they was in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan.
As I’ve gotten older, it’s become even more important to be able to get away for even just a day on the weekends. Let’s face it. Life is not always a cup of tea. In fact, when is it even a cup of tea unless you’re Alice in Wonderland sipping on God knows what with the Mad Hatter! Work is good if you’re lucky. It’s a means to an end. If you’re really lucky, you actually enjoy what you do! Society puts expectations on you that you never wanted. Corporate America says you should work 40-hour workweeks when really they mean they want you working 60-hour workweeks. Come Friday afternoon, you have to allow yourself to get away and unwind. De-stress. Drink a beer or two, or five. It’s what you have to do. Trust me.
So after an incredibly long and stressful week, I drove an hour north just outside of Lake Geneva, WI. I threw on a pair of Bonobos swim shorts. Reluctantly lathered on sunscreen (I will burn to a crisp if I don’t). Popped open a bottle of Bud Light Lime. And thought about nothing for the next 24 hours. It was euphoric.
Here is my challenge to you: before the summer is over, leave the town or city you live in. Go to a lake. Or state park. Get away. Unwind. Relax. Drink some beer!
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