A Summer Filled With Adventures
By: Hephzibah Adesina
After a pretty intense winter isolation period, summer adventures seem to be the only thing on my mind.
As of early May, 32.3% of the total US population have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and the US is seeing a decline in new cases and deaths, which is giving me hope for this summer, and my potential plans.
As a result, I have started gearing up for an eventful summer. This summer, I plan to keep an open mind and take whatever comes my way. I have always tried to welcome spontaneity into my life in whatever form. Being spontaneous is what keeps my life interesting.
“Why not seize the pleasure at once? — How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” – Jane Austen, Emma
Here are a few tips that I plan on utilizing this summer.
I don’t know if your parents have ever scolded you with “save for a rainy day,” but this summer is that rainy day. Most things require a bit of cash. Unfortunately, free fun is hard to find nowadays. I’m not asking you to spend your entire savings but set some funds aside in case an adventure requires some money.
Birds of a Feather
We do not attract what we want, but what we are. – James Lane Allen
What James Allen said is a lot truer than you may think. The people with whom you spend most of your time play a significant role in determining who you are and what you do. Having an adventurous mindset makes this easy because we are subconsciously inviting like-minded folks into our circle. We must create a spontaneous atmosphere early on, which will help put us and those around us in the right mindset.
Your Answer Should Be Yes
“I imagine that yes is the only living thing.” – E.E. Cummings
Growing up, I heard, “if your friend jumps off a bridge, will you also do the same?” Sorry, mom, but in summer 2021, I am jumping off bridges. When looking for adventures, saying “yes” may be the thing that will get us the farthest and result in the most fun. Think about the request or invitation before saying “yes,” as too much recklessness can be dangerous, but having a “yes” attitude can create memories that we would have never imagined.
Don’t Compare Your Life To Others
Be in love with yourself and the life you have. No two people are the same, and neither will two people live the same life. Even if you end up in a fairytale this summer, you will not be pleased unless you love yourself. There’s always going to be someone out there that might seem to be living a better life, but remember, all that glitters is not gold. True happiness comes from within, and you will need that to appreciate your adventures and life fully.
Stay Safe and Wear Your Mask
Unfortunately, COVID-19 hasn’t left us yet. Even if you’ve been vaccinated and attained immunity, you may still become infected with or without symptoms and pass COVID-19 to others. Make sure to wear your mask, wash your hands, and carry hand sanitizer.
“Shorty, pull your mask up.” – Mayor Brandon Scott
This summer, I and hopefully you will go through the process of opening up to all kinds of new possibilities. With new possibilities comes a better understanding of ourselves. We will discover unique desires, new friendships, maybe a whole new way of life, and a new YOU. Just know that the possibilities are endless. Summer 2021 is time for us to take a chance on ourselves. Let’s be open and ready for anything and everything.