I sit like many of my readers and friends in a particularly odd time in my life. Stuck in a paradoxical loop that doesn't seem to bring any surprise yet is never the same the next day. It’s the summer of the transfer from our childhood homes to our new college lives. It is the transfer.
Many of you may hate this period as I do; having to say goodbye to all your friends you've known for years, working all the time, and your hometown seems to be punishing you with smoldering heat for cheating on her with your next home.Fear not though this storm cloud has a silver lining. If I had to describe this period, metaphorically we are in our cocoon phase in our metamorphosis. An aspect of being stuck in one place but the phase where the most change can happen.
It may seem like yesterday we were all in matching gowns like a popular cult with disturbing awful caps that let's be honest don't look good on anyone. We walked through crowds of people momentarily pausing to hear the phrase “oh we will have to hang out this summer!”; which we said to some people with full knowledge that we, in fact, wouldn't see them ever again. While these people may be leaving our lives, fear not because like them we will meet a new world of exciting people and it is for these strangers that we must use our time to better ourselves.
You are about to fly from your nest. Are you ready to soar or will you plummet to the ground? You have this little time left to gather life skills to become a functioning adult. Learn how to cook, get job experience, whatever you need not to have to call your parents at midnight because you don’t have them to provide for you. Expect what you will want from your college experience and take action today to hit those goals in the future. Want lots of friends or a potential partner? Hit the gym now, so you take your first step on campus fit and turning heads. Want to jump start your writing career? Start a blog.
So run to the gym, work endlessly at your job, cut ties with toxic people because while it may seem difficult now, it all makes you the best version to take into your new life. This is it. This is the transition.