Today is the longest day of the year.
For anyone who doesn’t know what the the summer solstice is, the summer solstice, also known as estival solstice or midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. Now, if you live closer to the equator, it might not make that much of a difference in your day. But, if you live closer to the North Pole, the summer solstice makes for almost complete 24 hour daylight.
I’m far enough away from the North Pole that it’s only around 20 hours of daylight here. Maybe 21 if we’re stretching it.
After today all of our days will get shorter.
After today, all of our days will feel darker until Winter Solstice in December.
So, if I can encourage you to do one thing today, it’s enjoy the sunlight, the daylight and the summertime.
Also, if you’re interested in seeing what summer looks like when one lives close to the North Pole, there’s an Instagram user @sejsejlija who lives in the worlds Northernmost town. She’s been showing a lot lately what it’s like to be out and about this time of year when the sun shines on her town 24 hours a day.
It’s the longest day of the year people. Enjoy it! Soak up that Vitamin D! (wearing SPF of course)