Ok, that’s not entirely true. It’s more like All I Really Need to Know in order to be Happy I Learned this Summer. Now obviously even this statement is not 100% accurate. Let’s just suffice it to say that over the course of this past summer, I have learned a great many things: about life, love, friendship, happiness, baking, and myself. As the summer comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on all of these things, and in the tradition of the “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation” essay, I’ve compiled them into a written opus, which I would now like to read in front of the class. I hope you find it interesting, and maybe even a little inspiring. 🙂
What I Learned this Summer, in no particular order:
– That all things do pass.
– That the love between friends knows no bounds.
– That in order to have people support you, you have to first allow them to.
– That not everyone will like you, nor do you need them to.
– That s single woman can efficiently, effectively AND happily maintain and inhabit her own home.
– That laughing with friends is a million times more fun than drinking with friends.
– How to make Tiramisu.
– That whenever you feel the need to make an excuse for yourself, you’ve done something wrong.
– That truly “letting go” also means “forgiving.”
– That there really is a God.
– That help will always come if you ask for it, though often in ways you did not expect or imagine.
– That a heart must be broken in order to get inside to the good stuff.
– How to make homemade tomato sauce.
– That the body is capable of amazing things, if you just push yourself a little.
– That yoga is not only a great physcial workout, but benefits the mind and nourishes the soul as well.
– That there is such a thing as being “too connected.”
– That it’s ok if some people aren’t in your life anymore.
– That one of the greatest “healers” is the unconditional love of a pet.
– That the chance to tell the truth will always be given to you, if you seek it.
– That respecting both yourself and others means taking full responsibilty for your actions.
– That no one’s life is perfect, so don’t spend your time wishing for someone else’s, but rather focus your time and energy enjoying your own.
– That being blissfully ignorant is no way to go through life.
– That it’s ok to get really angry.
– That your soul mate may not be the person you’re meant to spend your life with – they are meant to rekindle your inner spirit and remind you of how great it is to be alive.
– That a beautiful outside does not necessarily make a beautiful inside.
– That you can’t always get what you want, and you should be damn thankful for that.
– That the only thing you can control is how you react.
So folks, there you have it. As we say goodbye to summer, I leave you with these sentiments, spoken by a truly wise and happy man:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”