15 Things Everyone That Grew Up With A Summer Lake House Understands

15 Things Everyone That Grew Up With A Summer Lake House Understands

15 different ways you are the luckiest person during summer.
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With lake house season coming into view and Fourth of July even closer, I thought I would dedicate an article to those of us fortunate enough to spend our summers at a lake house. We all have different experiences at our lake houses, some may include all of your extended family, some may be a place you live all summer, and some may be a safe haven where you can just sit back and relax, but all of us understand these 15 things:

1. You have traditions for the drive up.

Every time you drive up to your lake house, you have traditions that you have set to make the drive go by faster. Whether it is stopping at your favorite McDonald's with the best Diet Coke you've ever had or driving through an area with the most gorgeous houses you've ever seen, you always have things to look forward to while driving up.

2. You have lake friends that you can't wait to see all winter.

There's nothing like having lake friends to look forward to the whole school year. While you don't talk 24/7, seeing them reminds you of summer, and you love it. Nothing beats a day out on the water with some of your favorite lake neighbors.

3. You've thought the house was haunted at some point.

You're probably crazy, but you know you've heard noises down the hall while everyone is asleep, and your great aunt used to tell you stories about how her mother used to love that one room in the house that is always a few degrees colder than every other room.

4. Your friends beg you to take them.

You constantly have to hear your friends begging you to take them up to your lake house, and most of the time you do, and it's 100 times more fun being able to show someone around and let them experience the fun that you get to have all summer.

5. You've been able to drive a boat since you were 10.

Yeah, maybe you never officially got your boating license, or maybe you did, but either way you've been driving boats like a pro since you were a kid.

6. Swimming with fish doesn't phase you.

Unless you're me, then you still panic every single time seaweed touches the bottom of your toes.

7. You've probably "showered" in the lake before.

When your parents tell you that they we are leaving in thirty minutes for dinner, and you don't want to get out of the water yet, you just dunk your head under water and scrub some shampoo through your hair, and you're set to go. Come on, don't say you haven't done it.

8. You've gotten your worst sunburn ever there.

You still remember that one time when your mom told you to put on sunscreen, but instead you ran down the pier and hopped on the boat until she couldn't reach you. Somehow the UV rays were the strongest they ever were that day, and you had to walk inside the house that night in red-skinned shame.

9. There's nowhere else that relaxes you as much as your lake house.

Whether it be a stressful week or not, coming to the lake house and sitting on the pier is an instant relaxer. Even just smelling the lake air gives you a calming feeling. There is nothing better than laying out, blasting music while on the boat or swimming around all day.

10. You get super close with your family.

You stay up all night playing games and spend all day boating with your family and nothing makes you more close. Your cousins become your best friends, and your aunts and uncles become second parents. A lake house is the perfect way to bring your family close together.

11. You know all the best spots on the lake.

You know where the best sandbar is and your favorite place to anchor the boat and chill. You even know your favorite houses to look at along the lake and the parts where you can see cool animals, like snapping turtles. You probably know the lake like the back of your hand and you know you could never get lost even if you tried.

12. The townies intrigue you.

The people that live in town are always the absolute nicest group of people. They are always the first to say hello in passing and constantly have smiles on their faces; but who wouldn't when living in such a beautiful place near such beautiful bodies of water? You're always jealous of their lives and wonder what it must be like to be on the lake whenever you want.

13. Water activities are your favorite past time.

Tubing, water skiing, jet skiing, relaxing on a pontoon and even just jumping off you pier are the best times of the summer and have been your favorite activities since you were a kid. Summer can't come soon enough while you imagine long days of being in the water.

14. You have your "summer lake house" foods.

Absolutely nothing beats fresh corn on the cob from Wisconsin, and I look forward to it all year. Everyone has those summer lake house foods that you really only eat while up at the lake and that makes it even more enjoyable.

15. All your favorite memories are spending time at the lake.

There are no better memories than the ones you've made while up at the lake. Spending time and getting close with your family is priceless, learning skills like swimming and sailing are things that you'll keep with you forever, and all the laughs and emotions are ones you'll never forget. You hope that one day you can bring your own kids up to your lake house and give them the experiences that you valued your whole life up at the lake.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Intimidation Isn't Always What It Seems

Always ask yourself this question when feeling intimidated...

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A few months ago, I read something online that really stuck with me. I don't remember who said it, or where it came from, so my apologies for not accurately crediting the genius who spoke these words, but it said this:

"Am I actually intimidating, or are you just intimidated?"

Growing up, you constantly find yourself in situations where you feel scared or uncomfortable. I don't think there's one person on the planet that can say that they didn't feel intimidated at one point or another growing up. Maybe it was by the "popular kids" or by a teacher or a supervisor. So many people can make you feel a certain way and it can be scary when you're a child growing up. Maybe you felt intimidated because they were bullies or they were a strong personality.

But after reading this quote, I started to think about every time in my life that I felt intimidated. Walking into a new job, taking a chance on writing, seeing a group of girls in the cafeteria - whatever it was, I thought of it. And my perspective completely changed.

It wasn't necessarily that the people who I was encountering or the situation I was entering was scary. In fact, most times, those people turned out to be incredibly welcoming and nice, or that situation was nothing but spectacular, but at that moment, I was completely intimidated. It was something new and the unknown can always be scary. But looking back, it wasn't that those situations and people were intimidating - it was that I was intimidated.

Being intimidated is completely natural. It'd be crazy to say 'hey, don't be intimidated' and expect people to actually feel comfortable. But it's something to think about moving forward when you find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, anxious, or even scared. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and let that timidness get the best of you but think of that question and realize that it's not necessarily the situation - sometimes it's you letting the situation get the best of you.

At the end of the day, people are just people. Everyone has boogers and everyone had good and bad days and to be honest, the people who others find intimidating are usually the ones who are just better at putting up a front. They're the ones who find having a hard exterior is easier than being vulnerable and letting others in. Don't let those people scare you. They're usually fighting a battle that they're taking out on the people around them - and that shouldn't scare you.

"Am I actually intimidating, or are you just intimidated?"

Think about it, feel it, let it wash over you, and don't let those feelings get the best of you. Most of the best things in life are just past that line outside of your comfort zone.

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