Between listening to my sister and mother’s heated debates about the differences between a chopper and a mixer, it suddenly dawned upon me that summer is coming to an end. And all my mind could do was take a sigh of relief.
I wasn’t made for the summer heat, clearly.
The summer started off so differently from the way in which it ended (and I’ve still got a month until I get back to university too). Despite the many ups and downs I feel like some solid lessons have been learnt, and despite the fact that I’m not a big summer fan, spending more time with myself enabled me to grow in more ways than I thought were possible.
1. You’ll always have anxiety, there’s no magical cure and it doesn’t just disappear one day.
Even though some days are tougher than others, it’s not about how bad they are but how you deal with them that counts. Honestly my anxiety recently has been through the roof, gone are the days of mild worry, which have been replaced by migraines and blindspots in my vision.
It’s not a pretty sight or a feeling, in fact these very moments make me feel like there’s a weight upon my chest that won’t be lifted, ever. But soon enough the awful feelings pass and I’m back to normal again. Things do get better, and I’ve got to be there to see it.
2. Time is of the essence, it can either work with you or against you. But that’s entirely up to you.
I often forget how much freedom comes with the summer months, there’s a huge lack of structure and routine in daily life making it easier to sleep in, take a load off and just snooze the day away.
But how I choose to spend my days is my decision, I can choose to make a decision that will either propel me towards my future or leave me stagnant. That’s no one’s responsibility but my own. Make time work with you, not against you, else you’ll be running away forever.
3. Life doesn’t have to be figured out in a day, or a week or a month. Some people may have it all together, but do they?
We often forget how much of what we see online is just a highlight, we all like to show the best of ourselves, our lives and even other people. And though there’s nothing wrong with that, take everything you see with a pinch of salt. It’s easier to display successes as opposed to failures and more attractive too.
No one has it all figured out, if they did there would be no room for second chances, for failures or for growth. Take it day by day, that’s all that really matters, the gift of the present moment.
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