Summer Love, Winter Freeze
Start writing a post

We all seem to have that one cliche summer where we fell in love with a random person in a completely unexpected way, at a seemingly perfect time that only ended up in a very disillusioned heartbreak. If you've never spent a summer away from your house, met a person from a completely different life than your own, and unexpectedly "fell" for them, then this won't apply to you. But, if you have, here's something for you to sink your teeth into or feast your eyes upon. In the midst of winter, an open letter to the summer love that wasn't quite love.

Dear Once Upon A Summer,

I would just like to start out by saying that this isn't a piece filled with unrequited love or some long lost, deep rooted feelings of regret for the way that things turned out. However, I was always better at expressing myself through words, so here are just a few. I hope they find you well. I hope they find you happy.

Once upon a summer, you came into my life and completely took over my world. From constantly texting and talking on the phone, to sneaking around to see each other, every aspect of our relationship was just one unexpected event after another. And for that, I couldn't be more thankful. You took a girl who played by the rules and allowed me to be myself in a space that was totally new. I didn't have to worry about the misconceptions that followed me throughout school or being judged for someone I used to be, because you simply didn't know all of the parts of me. I got to escape my little corner of the world and re-invent myself in a new one.

Things did not go as planned and I am so grateful for that. It's funny how, in the throws of summer and the new-ness of a different person, you can just throw caution to the wind and start making these life-long plans. Even if they were short-lived (and didn't pan out anyway), you made me a dreamer and a lover of the future. You gave me things to look forward to in a time when I had no idea who I even was.

I hope that you're happy, and I hope you're in love (for real, this time). Being in love is such an amazing feeling, one that I didn't know with you, but I found without you. And while we may not talk, we may not be friends, I hope that every goal and dream you ever planned for yourself, works out in the end. I hope you end up with the white picket fence, a wife, kids, and a dog, somewhere warm, somewhere safe, and somewhere that is even better than you ever could have imagined it being.

I hope that you've learned to live without regret and take the time out to count your blessings. The hardships you've overcome, the adversity you've faced, the highs and the lows have all led you to the person you are today. And while nobody is perfect, I hope you look at yourself every morning and know that you are a better person than you were the day before.

While we may not be friends, I hope that at some point, we can think of each other fondly, the summer that changed everything and the winter wind that whisked it all away. Stay you, have faith that things will work out, and know that even if we don't speak, I always wish the best for you.


A Summer Fling.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments