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Looking back: a familiar farewell to summer

September 22, 2017

Dear Summer,

Yet again you came and went in a blink of an eye like I hardly knew you. I do not appreciate you leaving without saying goodbye. Instead, you tease me with warm weather in the afternoons but leave with cold mornings and nights that are harsh reminders of you being nowhere in sight. Yeah, I might have become too attached, but separation issues aside, I know I am not the only one who wishes they could live in your warmth for the rest of my life, but I do not need you. I simply want you.

If there is one thing fall can give me that you cannot is a better sense of style. I can only wear minimal clothing, and make it look good, for so long. The motivation for the “summer bod” flew out the window once July ended. At least fall lets me actually wear pants without needing to run to shade just so I do not soil my outfits with sweat.

Summer, it was fun. Few responsibilities and soaking in the vitamin C were great and all, but I need something more fulfilling in my life with a touch of a structured schedule. Fall challenges me to strive and be the best me I can be. Fall reminds me that college is just a stepping stone in life and that we cannot be a kid forever. Fall wants me to work hard and make an impact in society. Fall brings out my best qualities.

I will be the first one to say that I miss you, but I also know that you will be back… eventually. You always come back interrupting my finals and I know why: you remind me to have fun every once in a while, to do stupid and, albeit, “extra-legal” things with my friends, and to not take things too seriously. Summer, I need you in my life, in small doses, but I do not need you to BE my life. It is time to move on. For now, rest up and get ready for 2018. See you later, alligator.


Riley Hess

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