The Future Can Wait


A few words to the graduating class of 2018.

So, you’ve done it. You’ve finally gone through all those years, taken all those tests, filled in all those little Scantron bubbles/spaces with a #2 pencil–it had to be a #2 pencil or else!–and now, you’ve finally made it. You’ve got the gown. You’ve got the tassel. You’ve finally gotten the diploma. Now everyone’s telling you to look forward, to make your plans for the future because the future just can’t wait.

I’m here to tell you that yes, it can.

Let me go ahead and level with you: this is quite literally your last summer. Now, before you say “But there’s summer break during college!” I’m going to let you in on a little something.

The summer break you get in college is nothing like the one you got during your public school years. You’re going to be expected to work during college and that includes summer break. Hell, you’re probably going to be working full time through that summer break so no, it won’t be a break at all. It’s going to be just another season. You’re going to be working through it. Which is why I am telling you: make your memories now.

This is your last summer, the last chance to spend time with your friends. Make the most of this time. Squeeze every last second of it. Because even though you might be able to keep up with everyone on Facebook or Instagram, who knows where your lives will take each of you? Things can and will change. Those friends that seemed so much like family in high school? They might pursue other career paths that will steer them away from you. That significant other that seemed like “the one”? You might find that they aren’t what you were looking for after all, especially during your stint in college.

My point is people change. Your friends will change. You will change. You may drift apart. So spend time with these people in the here and now. Make the memories now, while you can.

You have years to plan for your future. That’s why you’re heading off to college, right? So for once, skip working. Do things that you want to do. Take a trip. Hit the beach. Make a scrapbook. But do something more than staying indoors or working at the local burger joint. You want to make the most of this time you have because this summer won’t come around again. This is the last summer of your childhood. After this is adulthood with responsibilities and bills and never ending work. Be a kid, at least this one last time. You can adult after you’ve moved into the dorm or you’ve started your classes at the university.

I honestly wish that someone had told me this when I graduated. But no one did. Instead, I was told repeatedly that I needed to get ready for college because that was far more important. It is important. But enjoying my last summer? That should have been my main focus. But no one thought to let me in on that fact.

Remember: the future can wait. But this summer won’t. Make the best of it.

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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