Summer is almost a myth now

Hate to break it to you. One of the more disappointing parts about not being in school anymore and being a working adult is that summer break doesn’t really exist. My roommate casually mentioned a while ago that we’ve become weekend warriors, and I’m realizing how right she was.

This will be my first summer without a summer break since I was basically a toddler, and it’s odd. Though technically it wasn’t a “summer break” right after graduating, it was full of trips and plans before I hunkered down to job hunt, so in many ways felt like one. I don’t totally know if this summer will start to feel like it’s dragging on, or if it will feel fun and full of adventure regardless.

The bad news, of course, is no automatic vacations, no large stretches of time with fewer responsibilities (fewer because for a lot of people jobs and internships are still a thing). No one date to look forward to, after which life will at least temporarily seem easier.

But there’s good news, too. The good news is that — at the risk of being terribly clichéd — summer is a state of mind. And mine is about to start. Warm weather, more time outside, an effort to make more plans with friends. I’ve got a bunch of concerts lined up as well as a few day trips I want to make. Family will be visited and barbecues will be had. People will be willing to stay up later because the sun lingers in the evening.

The last few days I’ve been able to feel summer starting to seep in, and didn’t realize how much I’d missed it. The nice part is that living in a new area means I’ll hopefully be enjoying milder temperatures than most of my previous summers, and I’m a little closer to the ocean than where I grew up.

Even when you’re still busy with work or school, what makes summer enjoyable for you? Let me know in a comment below, on Twitter @ohgrowup, or Instagram @oh.grow.up! Thanks for reading, and happy adulting!

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