As a teenager, summer is supposedly the best time of the year. School’s out. Bikinis are on. The stress is over! Yet, here I am, writing this post, after a 4 hour shift at work and then another 3 hours at a sports practice.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have gotten to experience a few fun activities this season. However, not as many as I would have hoped and certainly not as many as the people I see on Instagram. When I open Instagram, I see friends at the beach and throwing parties, enjoying their “best life,” meanwhile, I’m just sitting on the couch. Why do other people get to have fun? Why am I not having fun?
If you find yourself asking those same questions, take note of a few things:
Setting expectations based off societal ideals, rather than personal, distracts you from your goals.
You should be focused on what you ARE doing - not what others are or what you aren't.
Another person’s progress does not define yours. Everyone accomplishes different feats at different rates. There is no “going too slow.”
When you focus on what you do have, you can begin living in the moment.
Summer (or really, any other time of the year) is what you make it and every day you wake up is a new day to have your own Summertime Fun.