September 23, 2014 11:30 AM EDT

It’s here: autumn.

Tuesday is the official first day of the season, which means that summer is officially over, and not just in a no-wearing-white kind of way. But, as Garrison Keillor argued in the pages of TIME back in 2001, that doesn’t mean that a summery lifestyle has to be over too.

At the time, the A Prairie Home Companion host and sometime-TIME columnist had recently undergone open-heart surgery and had spent over a month doing, as he put it, nothing. And, he found, nothing was something that was pretty great to do:

Rather, he argued, being lazy helps you get in touch with the real you — and the end of summer shouldn’t mean the end of that.

You can read the full essay here, free of charge, in TIME’s archives: In Praise of Laziness

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