Ladies and gentlemen.. Tomorrow marks a wonderful day for me. Friday August 20 is the LAST DAY of working full time in this office. I’m thankful that school is starting on Monday, as crazy as it is that summer is over already/finally.
It would be a stretch of the imagination to say that this summer was even close to being my favorite, but I learned a lot.
I learned how to be a better friend, as I discovered how to be excited for all the accomplishments and adventures they went on without feeling down or jealous. It has been easy for me to lust after the opportunities that have been presented to other people, but something that I took away from this summer is that there is a season for everything. Maybe next summer I’ll be doing something crazy. Life is a roller coaster of good and bad for everyone, but when the dust settles, I have complete confidence that I’ll always be alright.
I learned how to be a better sister, as I was blessed with time to spend with my brothers this summer and get to know them as the grown men they are becoming, and realizing that time spent with family is just as vital as time with friends. It is the first time in my life that I have siblings old enough to talk to and hang out with like friends, instead of just being the culprit of a living room full of legos and race cars. I am so very proud of the people my brothers have become, and for some reason, I am continually captivated by the realization that we have each other forever (whether we like it or not). I’m so happy they’re MY brothers, and I never want have a measly Christmas card relationship with them in the future.
I learned how to be a better lover, and how to exemplify 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast. Love is not proud, rude, or self seeking. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes. Love always perseveres. Love never fails.”) in a relationship that had oceans separating us. Pretty much every depiction of what love truly is was a struggle for me, when communication is minimal, and I’m not exactly the most patient crayon in the box. I can honestly say that Clint being gone the whole summer was the biggest continual lesson I have ever learned in being selfless, and for learning all that I did, I am eternally grateful.
I learned how to be an adult. That may sound strange, but I was working a real full-time job 8-5 everyday, was paying for my own house, washing my own dishes, folding my own clothes, buying my own food, putting gas in my own car, vacuuming my own floors, managing all my own finances.. You get the point. And I had the whole summer to really get in the grove of taking full responsibility for myself, and relying on no one to help me through.
I also learned that your metabolism quickly drops off after 19, and I’m ATTEMPTING to learn that dessert is bad for you, but sometimes the extra love pudge is worth keeping the cupcakes around. I’ll be awaiting your cryptic response, father.
Kiss someone you love this weekend.