Holy cow, it’s already July! 2016 is now halfway over. Time is flying, but it’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up run by Georgie and me. This month’s entry is hosted by me, so if you would like to participate, you’re more than welcome to join our link-up by submitting your entry with the link-up widget located at the end of this entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!
Summer vacations — I really miss them, and I’ve been missing them a lot lately. From preschool to my last year of undergrad, I’ve always had a summer vacation. In college, I subbed at the secondary school, so I was also guaranteed break from work and school. There’s nothing better than having at least a month of vacation time with no obligations and tasks. I really miss those days.
In elementary school, I spent most of my summers attending Camp Adventure. When not at camp, I spent my time reading and playing like any other kid. I would visit my grandmother in the Korean countryside every summer for a couple of weeks. I can’t say I enjoyed the countryside, but I did enjoy my grandmother. Summer as a kid meant I had plenty of time to read and watch TV. Those were also the days where I’d spend a lot of time with my Korean cousins, and we’d do sleepovers at each other’s places.
In high school and college, summer vacations meant sleeping in. I’m notoriously known for needing at least ten hours of sleep a day, so being able to sleep in every day was a joy. Along with my daily snoozing, summer vacations was when I could really focus on my hobbies. Primarily, what I miss are those glorious days of doing video game marathons. All those JRPGs like Suikoden and Final Fantasy? I spent days playing them non-stop. Anime marathons were also a thing for me. Blogging, along with coding and maintaining multiple websites, also took up a lot of time. Reading books and fanfics? Heck, yeah! I did it all because I had all the time back then.
But my summer vacations ended when I finished college in December 2007. I had to stop subbing, and I joined the “regular” workforce where I wasn’t guaranteed summer vacations unless I requested them. Since 2007, I’ve not taken an actual summer vacation. I generally take my vacation in autumn, winter, or spring because summer is our busiest season in my workplace. I plan to take a few days off this month, but my leave is still pending. I hope I can get some of those days off!
Looking back now, I must say that my summer vacations weren’t as productive as some people’s. I could have interned or worked somewhere or taken classes to further my education and skills, but I didn’t. Past high school, I worked hard for nine months, so I figured I deserved a couple of months of fun. After all, it’s better to work hard and play hard. I wanted to strike some sort of a balance between the two, and I believe I did it well. Those summer vacations were for me. It was my time to do what I wanted.
Are you able to still have summer vacations? What do you miss about your summer breaks? Share with me your experience in the comments!
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