If you find it increasingly difficult to roll out of bed in the mornings, or you often have the overwhelming desires to strip off most your clothes and jump into the nearest standing body of water, or you just want to sit around and do nothing at all, you are not alone. It’s all part of a nasty little trick that summer has played on our brains, one that renders the teenage population generally useless for the last month of the school year.
How does it do this? Summer has taught us to believe that it’s so great that we cannot focus on anything else. Therefore, the cure is to realize that summer is not that great after all. And I’m here to help you do just that with this handy list of reasons summer just ain't all it's cracked up to be.
1. Summer is actually super boring. Sure, at the beginning of summer the world seems to be filled with possibilities. You could go to the pool! Or picnic at the park! Or spend hours upon hours watching movies! After a few weeks, however, you will realize that the pool is solely inhabited by gross old men, eating food outside is not nearly as enjoyable as the movies make it seem, and you can only watch all the Harry Potter films so many times before even they start to seem lame. You will have absolutely nothing to do. And even listening to the math teacher drone on about logarithms is more fun than an hour-long conversation of “What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?”
2. And if you think summer is boring with your friends, it’s more so without them. And there will be that one week that all your friends go off on exciting vacations to Disneyworld and Europe and Mars. And guess where you will be? At home, watching Phineas and Ferb reruns with your little brother and wishing you had a life.
3. And once all your friends get back, you will leave on vacation. Which sounds like a good thing, until you realize that you are going one of three places: A. a relative’s house that always smells like tuna fish for some unknown reason, B. a place where something historical happened a hundred years ago, but where nothing is happening now, or C. the same place you go every year, because your parents don’t understand that you only need to see the Grand Canyon once. And while you’re sitting in the hot car listening to your brother scream “She breathed on me!” your friends will have found that one boring thing that you haven’t done yet. Of course, by the time you get back, they’ll be bored of it too, and you will have missed out on something great.
4. You will forget about all the summer work you have to do. Which is totally great, until you get to the night before school starts, and suddenly you have to read 13,859 books by 7 AM the next morning. It will be the worst night of your existence.
5. And, let’s face it: you’re part of the SparkLife crowd. Though you don’t like to admit it, you probably enjoy school. A month into summer, you'll miss learning and setting the curve and being praised by your teachers. Though you won’t tell anyone, you’ll be relieved when the school bell rings again.
And so there you have it. If you remember that summer isn’t actually all it’s cracked up to be, you can break its spell. Or you can go the way of the High School Musical kids and whisper “Summer,” to yourself over and over again, and see where that gets you. It’s up to you, really.
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