To The Friends I'll Miss Over The Summer

To The Friends I'll Miss Over The Summer

Does distance really make the heart grow fonder?
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I’m going to miss you all so much. It breaks my heart thinking of the coming months where I won’t see you every day. How will I survive without our lunch dates, watching movies when we should be studying, pulling all-nighters together to make up for slacking off the previous night, or just running into each other every day.

I’m going to miss the squad group chat blowing up at midnight when we start to get cravings for Taco Bell. Those texts are just not going to happen over the summer. Sure, we’ll talk occasionally, but not like we do now. Don’t forget to let me know how you’re doing and keep me updated on what your siblings did to piss you off.

I’m going to miss staying up all night for no good reason. Whether we decided to have a movie marathon, or ate food way too late and now our stomachs hurt, or we’re just chatting, I’m going to miss you. We’re going to be scattered all over the world, rather than just a five-minute walk across the quad.

However, I’m not too sad. I know that your summer is going to be amazing. You’re going home to your family and friends, you’re starting that new internship or job, you’re traveling the world, or staying here at school for the summer. I know that you will have so much fun and that when we get back in August, you will have a million stories for me, and I’ll have the same. The thing is, friends don’t have to be five minutes away for the friendship to last. It doesn’t matter if you’re a four-hour car ride away, four states away, or even on another continent; we’re still friends and that won’t change.

Maybe we should be grateful; we aren’t graduating yet and we’re definitely going to see each other again. One day, we’re going to leave and we might never reunite. We should count our blessings and make the time left at college count. One day we will look back at the photos and remember the days where we were inseparable.

For now, the summer is going to suck without my friends, but it’s only temporary. Summer is for making memories, meeting new people and taking it easy. Sure the squad probably won’t be there, but hey, that’s life. Come August, we will see each other for the first time in months and we will jump, scream, hug and suddenly the months will have melted away and it’s the same as always, maybe even better. The cliche is that distance makes the heart grow fonder, and hell, maybe it’s true.

Cover Image Credit: Kelly Crandall

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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