Well I’m an upperclassman now. That means that I’m halfway done with my high school career. That means that I had to say goodbye to my locker (she has been so faithful), my binders, and my textbooks, and venture into the world of IB and SAT prep classes.
Oh boy. I guess this adventure is just beginning.
But before we get to all that hard stuff, I have 75 days of summer to enjoy.
It is a nice break to have time to do whatever we see fit. Some of us decide to work, some of us prefer to bask in the sun, and others that aren’t quite sick of school yet decide to take classes at the community colleges to get (even more) ahead.
No matter what the time of summer brings, it always has a change of pace. It means more time for whatever one can’t do the rest of the year.
Wait. I think I say that every summer.
Every year I start the summer off telling myself that I am going to re-do my room, teach myself how to play the guitar, not waste away my brain, watch Spanish soap operas, and write a novel. Not one of my ambitions ever seems to get done.
In fact, this article is taking me quite a while. The wave of procrastination seems to have rolled in. Maybe I should start a Non-Procrastination-During-Summer movement, but that probably wouldn’t go too well. See, the summer is a glorious thing that all students value. Without it, we would be burned out, have no motivation for learning, and not be tan.
Summer is like Christmas. It comes every year greeted with the shouts and exclamations of joy from grateful children. Yet, every year it passes and we wonder what happened. It was just here but now all the magic and enjoyment is gone.
So, I have a proposition.
If you have kids in your life, take advantage of this summer while you can. Take advantage of the time that you get to spend with them because, like me, they will soon be upperclassmen. They will have jobs, be headed towards college, and not be home very much. Take advantage of this now because, believe it or not, August will come quicker than you think and you don’t want to reflect back and know that you didn’t hold dear every single moment that you had with them.
So maximize the moments. Go to library, cook, and spend time with friends as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to meet new people and don’t be afraid to try new things. When one tries new things, amazing things can happen.
I don’t want to sit here and say that when you go out and skydive that everything will by hunky dory. Yep, that would be a big no. But I am saying that if your friend asks you to go on the water ride at Great America, it wouldn’t hurt to try… unless you have aquaphobia.
Every day, I hope that what I strive to do is right and beneficial to those around me. It isn’t strange to sometimes doubt oneself and one's decisions… it is merely a part of the human race, a part of us that we must learn to endure. Let it help you to learn your strengths and weaknesses as you go on with your day-to-day life. Let it not define you, but help to shape the way you look at ordinary things and encourage you to look at life with new meaning.
So this summer, challenge yourself to cherish every moment that life sends your way. Don’t widdle away your summer without first thinking about if what you are doing is really adding to and benefiting your life and the lives of those around you. Be brave. Be bright. But most of all, Be yourself.
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