And the Second Phase hits you. The Mid-Summer Crisis.
It’s usually around mid-July, and even though a month has passed since school ended, you swear it’s only been two weeks, tops. It’s safe to say most people love summer, but when the weather is at its hottest, we start to think about new seasons, like fall, and the resolutions that come along with it.
It’s normal to start thinking of all of the ways we’ll be better ourselves in the fall, whether we’re preparing for middle school, high school, or college. Whether it’s goals of taking care of ourselves more, being more studious, or becoming more involved. “This year is going to be different,” you tell yourself. “It’s going to be better.” Panic sets in when you realize it’s now impossible for you to fall asleep before midnight, and the weight of your expectations begin to overwhelm you. How am I going to get my grades together if I can’t even fall asleep? Is volunteering or working out still worth it this late in the summer? What have I been doing with my time besides watch Netflix?
Skip your Mid-Summer Crisis. And if you don’t know how to do that alone, let Success 1st help you the way it’s helped others. To start, let us reassure you. It’s never too late in the summer to start working towards a goal that is meaningful to you, whether it is working on yourself or helping others. Or, if you’re just starting to get a little bored, here’s a few ideas to make the rest of your summer interesting and worthwhile.
1. Create Something
You will never have more free time than you will as a young person in the summer. Take advantage of it. If there is something that’s always interested you, like starting a blog, painting your masterpiece, coding an app, or building a healthier version of your body, start working on it now. The thought of it may be scary, but take the plunge. You will never regret working hard on something you care about.
It doesn’t need to be a chore. Offer your time to someone who needs it, and make sure it’s something you enjoy doing. Do you like art? Talk to your local library about starting a painting club for young children. Do you like to cook? Consider making a meal for a shelter. Do you love public speaking? Consider reaching out to Success 1st.
3. Sit Outside
When it’s above eighty degrees outside and you have a working air conditioner and computer, it’s easy to spend hours inside instead of spending time outside. And let’s be honest, we feel you. But remember, humans were made to spend time in the sun (you need that Vitamin D!). Try to get outside once a day, because when it’s freezing again, you’ll miss it.
4. Visit A New Place
If you’re anything like me, there is a place you always walk or drive by that you tell yourself you need to check out. Explore the area you live, even if you live in a small town. Get to know the people who work in the restaurants, shops, and sidewalks of your area. You might surprise yourself. With technology constantly at our finger tips, it’s easy to forget that there’s unbelievable amounts of people to meet in person.
These tips will get you ready for the Final Stage of Summer: The Last Days. Usually, by the time late August rolls around, you can recite any line from the entire series of your favorite show and you've eaten more ice cream than you’d ever intended, which is okay. But trust us, if you push yourself and do more than just those things, you will end your summer well rested and confident in what you’re capable of achieving when it's time to go back to school.
Most people go back kicking and screaming or groggy from exhaustion, but it doesn't need to be that way. This is a new year after all, it may even be a new school, so why not start off an improved you? You had such big dreams for this year, to do it all and show everyone what you're capable of. And you have every reason in the world to do that. Go out, volunteer at that shelter, work hard for those grades, earn those awards, make a name for yourself.
It's a long climb to reach those goals, but it's all about putting one foot in front of the other and making positive choices. It’s about looking up and maintaining momentum. It’s about putting Success First.