The benefits of a boring summer

Junior explains the benefits of an uneventful summer


Kayleigh Moreland

Junior Katie Dusek enjoys a Kurt Vonnegut novel.

Story by Katie Dusek, staff writer

Poking my head out of a cocoon of warm comfy covers, I glance over at my phone to see that it’s 1:45 in the afternoon. I pull myself out of bed only to satisfy the rumbling in my stomach. After my hunger is sated, I return to my bed and continue my day in a similar manner.

The last two summers were jam packed with exciting adventures. That was ended abruptly this past summer.

Faced with no place to go, and very little money to spend, I found myself sitting on my bed everyday, bored out of my mind. I slept over 10 hours a day.

When I wasn’t sleeping, I wasted my time watching “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix and reading Kurt Vonnegut novels. It sounds terrible, doesn’t it? It sounds like I had an extremely uneventful time, but I actually had the best summer of my life.

I learned that it was an extremely amazing feeling to go back to school rested and ready. Since I spent my days doing nothing, I felt more eager than I ever had to get back to school. Unlike other years, I didn’t feel totally exhausted from the summer’s thrill.

I was also able to take time just for me. Three of my journals were overfilled with writing and art.  If the summer had been filled up to the brim with explorations, I would not have had the time to discover new things about myself.

I found out that I am very much into mediation and crystal healing. I also found out that I love to read more that I had previously known. These new found hobbies are some things that I would have never guessed that I would do without being able to spend some quality time with myself.    

Some people seem to freak when they think about staying at home all summer. They think that if they don’t go out and do something extraordinary, then their summer would be wasted.

Summer is known for being an exciting time to go out and explore, but there are plenty of things to discover by just hanging out at home.