The more we age, the wiser we seem to become. Summer has come and gone, but the experiences, memories and lessons learned will last forever.
Our generation has learned to create the picture perfect summer which includes bonfires, barbecues, endless music, summer romances, beach trips and boat days. All of which sums up the "perfect" stereotypical summer everyone searches for. I too longed for this perfect break that seemed to be so realistic. But, being my second summer in college, I learned that summer is about so much more and can be anything you make of it.
1. It's all about the JOB!
This summer I once again took on the job of Middle School Camp counselor. And, once again, it was one of my favorite parts. I was able to play games and work with kids all day. Those kids taught me more than I taught them. But most importantly it is a job that helps pay for college and every other financial need. The older we get the more serious we need to think about our future and the financials that go along with it. So finding the perfect summer job that allows you to work and have fun at the same time is a blessing.
2. The Flowers and the Weeds
Another year out of high school means less and less high school connections. The "flowers" or true friends really seem to root their places in your life. You still find ways to work around busy schedules to spend time with one another, creating more memories that you can't forget. The "weeds" tend to pull themselves from sight. They are the ones who don't make the effort, or seem to fall off the face of the earth. You learn to love the ones who blossom and forget the ones who wither.
3. Family Time is Peaceful Time
The urge to go out late at night and find something to do has diminished. The card game playing, or TV watching with the family has bloomed. This summer Euchre nights became a habit. Every Monday night, was sibling TV night. We would cancel all plans to spend one night with one another. Family dinners turn into comedy night and long talks become soothing. It's time like this that really strengthens bonds and keeps life interesting.
4. Spontaneous Adventures Make the Greatest Adventures.
The first road trip taken this summer turned into a smoking broken down car, a haunted house, a broken hammock, snapped key, stranded in the middle of the lake. The last trip turned into long naps on the lake, a jet-ski ride being hit by metal rain pellets, and the worst bowling game of my life. Summer is about making the best out of nothing. Taking risks and making imprints. Don't do the typical, do something different than the norm.
5. Take Every Day a Step at a Time
Summers begin to dwindle the more we age, so enjoy the ones you have left. Don't look towards the future but enjoy the moment you are in right now. Enjoy the people you are with and everything that you are doing. Enjoy yourself and enjoy your free time because you may not always have it.
Summer is more than just a break from school. Its a time to slow down, take a breath and breathe.