Summer Days, Drifting Away

There’s nothing like the last day of school. Sun shining on your face, a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction and anticipation when thinking of the ending of the school year and beginning of summer. Too bad it has to go by so fast. In contrast, the end of summer (for obvious reasons) comes with grey feelings of anxiety and disappointment. While binging on some of my favorite back-to-school movies (Grease, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, Mean Girls, High School Musical, etc.) I to try and rid of myself of overwhelmed emotions. I try to really relish the ideas these movies portray: the school year requires little work to be done, involves many fun school assemblies, goes by super fast and allows for a ton of time with your friends.

Since this is most definitely not the case, I made a list of all the feelings I miss most of summer so I can look forward to them over the year. So, without further do, here’s the list:

Waking Up Mid-Morning
There is no feeling like waking up at 10 a.m. on a weekday. Literally, none. The sun is already in the sky, and you have nowhere to be for a few hours, so you continue to lay in bed and scroll through your phone. After doing this for an hour or two, heading downstairs to make breakfast and read on the deck is an absolute must because it won’t be possible when it begins to snow or when you only have thirty minutes to get out of the house. Bummer.

Realizing You Have Literally Nothing to do All Day, And Not Wanting to do Anything
Personally, I think this is one of the best feelings in the world. Though, I love hanging out with my friends and would 24/7 if I had the chance, there is nothing like looking at your calendar and seeing that there is nothing planned. No work, sports or other enjoyable-but-frankly-overwhelming activity. These are the days where I make myself a nice, high calorie breakfast and sit outside reading with my dog by my side.

Staying Up to 3 a.m. Not Doing Homework/Studying
Whether I’m up scrolling through Pinterest, Instagram, etc. or giggling with my friends over stuff that wouldn’t be funny if it wasn’t 3 a.m., there is nothing I would replace with these stress-free nights that are now filled with truck-loads of work and the feelings that come with them.

Dancing in the Dark
Whether it’s at a friend’s party or concert or some other event that involves flailing body parts all over to great music with the best people surrounding you at night, nothing tops the feeling of being completely free to just dance. It’s too dark for anyone to see you, so why should you care if you have no rhythm? There is nothing closer to the feeling of being free to do anything, even conquer the world, if you ask me.

Texting Until It’s Impossible to Continue
Not that I do this a lot, but because of the few times I have, it has definitely become one of the things I miss doing when school comes. Waking up and seeing that you texted someone “NO” for no explainable reason as your last subconscious act before falling asleep is priceless! Once you overcome your own feelings of embarrassment and confusion, a humorous smile takes over when you see their countless texts asking you why you sent this random text that had nothing to do with the conversation at 4 a.m, Followed by their overall defeat and disappointment when they realize you fell asleep.

Though knowing these experiences can really only happen over summer cause remorse and sadness, they help remind me there are so many things unique to the school year as well… making it slightly more bearable. All in all, despite every grey feeling that may come with the start of the new school year, you can’t discount the feelings of excitement and anticipation that come with it, either. And, each school day past, is a day closer to summer!

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C. is a girl who enjoys reading, writing and gymnastics. She currently is a freshman in high school and lives with her mom, dad, brother and two dogs.

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