Live It Up: The Last Summer Before College

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Greetings friends. Nolie here! School is out! The final bell has rung. Lockers have been cleaned out. Speeches have been given, tassels have been turned, and caps thrown in the air. Summertime is here! Contain your excitement! 

However, from personal experience, the summer after senior year is strange. High school is finished. College hasn't begun, and so you wait. You wait for orientation, wait to say goodbye to your best friends, wait to leave your hometown, wait to say goodbye to your parents, wait to start a new adventure, wait to make new friends, wait... 

Friends, let me share a lesson I've learned over the past few years. Sometimes you are in a season of waiting. You can't change that, but you can change the way you look at waiting. Sometimes I think we feel that we can't live fully when we are in between two milestones in life (i.e. graduation and the freshman year of college); however, if we continue in this then our life will only be half lived. 

Go on adventures. Road trips. Spend time with your friends. Engage in every moment. It's okay if a bittersweet melancholy creeps in and tints your consciousness. That comes with the territory of looming goodbyes. It's okay if sometimes you are so excited for the future that you don't know how to contain it. That comes with the territory of a new beginning.

During the summer, I was in The Music Man, traveled to New York City, and deep sea fished in the Gulf of Mexico. 

During the summer, I was in The Music Man, traveled to New York City, and deep sea fished in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Whatever you do though, don't disengage. Don't passively accept time as it runs through your hands. Don't spend this last summer waiting for the next milestone. Time is a limited commodity. You only have so many hours in this summer, and so make them count. Live fully in each day. Live it up! It's your last summer before your life is transformed. 

Nolie, the "memory collector" 

 

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