Summer: A Time For… What, Exactly?

Hey everyone! It feels so good to finally be DONE with school and finals and what not. Seriously, it’s like I can breathe again.

So most of you probably have an idea of what summer is like. For the grown-ups, not much changes. You still have to work, and you only get off for maybe two weeks at the most. If you have kids, they’ll probably be spending a lot more time at home (which you probably don’t enjoy so much :))

But for students, it means they’re free from the prickly grasp of school for twelve whole weeks. The word “summer” in their minds paints a picture of the pool, of watermelon juice dripping down their chins. Of fireflies and warm summer nights. Of friends 24//7.

And I love that. I love that image. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to all year. But recently I’ve been thinking, would that image be just as good if you spent less time with your friends?

Think about it.

If you’re like me, and the drama remains high, and sometimes you just don’t know how you feel about your friends, then summer is the perfect time to go incognito. And as silly as this may sound, it’s the perfect time to find yourself. My friend, for example, always pushes her ideals to me. She expects me to follow them, because she thinks that there is no other option.

What other time do you get to be the person you would be without your friends? To see what the world can be like without their lenses, but your own? You can pick up a hobby. A job. Make it a goal to read 50 books. Or learn a language. Make a pact to only watch all the movies nominated for an oscar in any random year. Or start a business. Write a journal.

The world is seriously at your fingertips. And yes, you could do all of this and still hang out with friends. This post is really hinting at two separate points: to make the most of the summer, and to stay away from school influences while you can.

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