It’s still summer

Now that it’s Memorial Day, I think we are officially allowed to talk about summer, that long-awaited, quick-to-pass concept idealized by kids and adults alike. Summer seems to be a very Americanized season, characterized by cookouts, bikes, pools and baseball. Probably the thing I fear most about graduating from college and being finished with school is the loss of my summer. As much as I know that I should enjoy my career, thus making that not so much of a problem, I can’t help but dread the time when I no longer get that three-month break from the regular routine of the other nine months. Even though summers have gotten busier and busier, they have at least always provided a break from school years.

However, this year, summer seems to have already gotten away from me. Working two internships has created a regular 8 to 5 work schedule, making me get up early and not make it home until close to 6 each evening. Plus I have a restaurant job (so I can actually make some money) that’s taking up much of my weekend free time. Let’s see, what does that leave me? Weeknights and weekend days. Not much time for the typical summers of sleeping in, lounging by the pool and hanging out with friends.

So where does that leave me? Busy and tired, mostly. But this summer marks a big transition for me, I think. I recently told my aunt that my schedule makes me feel like an adult. Her reply: “Well, you are an adult.” And she’s right; this is really my first summer as an adult. Yes, in the past I had jobs and kept a busy schedule with various activities, but this is the first time I’ve had a regular work schedule. It’s also the first time I go to work and am able to leave work at work when I come home, which is nice – there’s no homework to keep me working almost constantly, and I have my nights and weekends mostly free to do what I want, as I saw with this three-day weekend. And, for the most part, I like what I’m doing when I’m at work, so that also makes it much better than classes.

So I guess that’s the lesson to take away from this season’s schedule: I still get a summer and can still enjoy it even when I am a full-fledged adult, it’s just a little more in moderation. I don’t get a complete break from work, but my job is hopefully going to be more fun than school. I’m not going to spend my days playing outside, running around with the neighbors and riding my bike, but then again, I’m 19, so why would I? Even though I don’t get to be outside everyday, my weekends are free (from work and homework) to be outside, with friends and having fun. So regardless of where I am and what I have to do, I will always get to enjoy the warm weather and long days of this season.

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