Things I’ve Learned This Summer (So Far…)

This article was written by our Everly Mag Intern, Londyn.

Recently, I was reflecting on my summer so far. I soon realized that there were a lot of lessons that I’ve learned these past few months, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you:

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It’s okay to have a personal day

I used to be really afraid of saying “no” when it came to hanging out with my friends as I didn’t want to miss out on a potential inside joke or to make them think that I hate them, but I’ve learned that missing out is okay sometimes. I am an introvert and thrive off of the time I spend alone. This does not mean that I don’t want to be around my friends, but often in social situations, my battery drains. This summer I’ve learned to tell my friends when I do need that time to recharge, and that it’s nothing personal it’s just me.

FOMO isn’t necessary

As I mentioned before, I also would never say no to hanging out with my friends because I had “Fear of Missing Out” also known as FOMO. With social media so prevalent today, I can only assume FOMO is higher than it’s ever been. You can simply open up an app, and see people you both know and don’t know personally seemingly living their best life. Seeing someone else have a great time can only make you feel like your missing out on something, but chances are you probably aren’t. It’s okay to make your own memories through your own experiences. You shouldn’t feel as though your experiences are less than.

Everyone has their own path

This is something that I have to remind myself of often as I usually fall into a trap of comparing what I have or haven’t achieved others accomplishments. There’s a popular saying that basically states there is always going to be someone who is more talented than you, smarter than you, prettier than you, or richer than you, but you can always be the best you. I have learned that I can’t follow someone else’s path to success, I have to do what’s best for me, at the right time!

It’s also okay to have fun

I sometimes feel guilty for doing fun things in the summer. I feel as though I shouldn’t go on the trip I really want too or stay out a little bit later than usual at night, but it’s okay! No one should have to feel guilty for having fun during the summer, it is your time to unwind. For me, I’ve found that I need to find a balance of both work and fun so that I don’t feel bad about taking a break.

I am a strong believer that, as humans, we are always growing and learning. Every experience – whether good or bad –  is an experience we can learn from. If you think of bad experiences as lessons, then you’ll see that there is something you can take away from it, and learn!

What are some things you’ve learned this summer? Comment Below!

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