Seize every opportunity
Bittersweet. As much as
I don’t really like that word, it seems to be the perfect word to describe this
summer. Towards the end of the school year, summer couldn't get here fast
enough—the repercussions of our “beloved” natural disasters were being revealed.
We soon realized, however, that two weeks was nothing compared to the amount of
time a single graduation would take up. The next few weeks, and still as I
write this, have been unbelievably busy. It feels like I've constantly been on
the run, and it’s becoming clear that one summer isn’t enough time to do
everything I need to and truly feel satisfied.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I really am having the time of my life right now,
being able to graduation-party hop, getting paid for getting a tan, traveling around
Kentucky doing service work, and touring new parts of the country. And all the
while I get to spend time with those who mean the most to me.
This bittersweetness, however, is becoming all the
more real as each day passes. The idea that my life is about to change forever
is slowly becoming a reality.
And if you think about it, how many times in your life do you actually get to
say that? How many times can you tell yourself that your life is about to
change? It’s hard to really know, but my guess is not many. So how does a
person cope with that reality? How do I deal with the fact that the people, the
surroundings, and the environment that I’m so used to will never be the same
I’m not really sure, to be honest, but from what I’ve learned so far this
summer, you just have to seize every opportunity. If multiple opportunities
happen to be presented at once, then you just adapt to the circumstances. This
summer—and by extension, life—is all about being able to balance a summer job
and graduation parties, me-time and time with loved ones, and all the while not
being too concerned with what’s right around the corner.