Picture this. You’re sat with your best friend, in a little field sipping on pink lemonade in a city that you’ve not yet discovered. You’re both picking daisies from the grass talking about everything from your future plans and family drama to the latest gossip. The sun is so warm on your back you begin to think that Summer’s actually arrived- and after sitting in it for 4 hours and having severe tan lines you know that it’s a certainty. This is just what you needed: a lengthy catch up, a cute picnic and all the time in the world to just breathe. This is Summer.
This is the moment you realise that this year has already gone so fast. You’re in May, nearly half of the year has gone. And while you try to reel off all the things in your head that you’ve done that make the passing of this time worthwhile, you acknowledge that you’ve come so far since this time last year and yet there’s so much more to do.
And before you start to think that this is going to be a post about things to do this Summer, let me stop you there. This little post is your reminder that this is your time. I know it’s exam season for so many of you right now and work, revision and deadlines are mounting up so badly you feel like you’re drowning in academia, but just take 10 minutes, get a cup of tea – we need a little chat.
I feel like I have a bit of insight for you. Since being on my gap year, I’ve realised that time is now, sounds ridiculous I know. But this moment that you’re in right now is only going to happen once. So yes, it’s important to work hard and get the grades or meet the deadlines you need to, they’ll help you get to where you want to go. But please, do not get so caught up in aiming for the future and wishing years of education away because you’ll miss out on now and you’re never going to get this time back.
So what I’m saying is once you’ve done pushing yourself over this final hurdle take time to go on random walks with no clear destination, spend hours talking to your best friend about boy drama, go to that gig, stay out till the sun comes up and dance till your feet hurt. But also stay in bed on Sunday mornings, make your mum a cup of tea, stand outside with nothing on your feet, gaze at the stars and realize how small you are. We get one life, so do what you want with your time but make it a combination of madness and what some would call the mundane. Be active, don’t just observe.
And I promise you, then you’ll have that moment, when you’re sat there at one o’clock in the morning and you’ll come to the realisation that you’re the happiest you’ve ever been.