Dear Summer Sixteen,
You will never be forgotten, but its time that I let this go. We had our time and i’ve grown over the past few months with you, but its time to switch gears and get out of this relaxed mindset that you bring. I won’t forget the long nights, the adventures through city, or the hangovers that you contributed too.
I will forever be thankful for you Summer Sixteen, you gave me so much. You have possibly gave me the best summer of music that I have ever got to experience in my life. I was able to see some of my favorite artist who inspire me to do better in life. People like J Cole and Lauryn Hill, to be able to experience that live after spending countless hours listening to their albums is a very surreal thing. I was able to go to the biggest party in Chicago Lollapalooza, for the 3rd consecutive summer and it was honestly one of the best ones yet for me. I was lucky enough to see the Social Experiment open up for The legendary Roots crew, FOR FREE. I was able to travel to my first out of state music festival with one of my best friends in a truly unique experience. The Music festival was in a small town in Wisconsin, in the middle of the woods. The town was so small that it didn’t have Uber, that says a lot. Frank dropped his album and the world got a little bit better, Noname made an album based off social issues here in Chicago and made it sound heavenly while still getting the point across. I depend on music a lot for emotional, so this summer has given me basically everything I can ask for and more.
What I was able to accomplish with my friends this summer, is probably what I’m most proud of. We started a band that we could be proud of and played several shows without even having any music recorded. We were able to start selling hats on a brand that I’ve been working on for years. We went from throwing house parties to bar owners asking us to host our parties there. We became a full collective, that understands that we must integrate everyone’s individual strengths into a one plan that will benefit us all.
Summer Sixteen wasn’t all good though for my friends and I. There were heartbreaks, band breakups, going through individual growing pains that sometimes added tension with in the group. There were times when we didn’t want to be around each other, and communicated our feelings in ways that weren’t effective and didn’t bring about solutions. It always seemed like one of us was always going through something that was life changing. And we may have been over dramatic at times,but it just goes to show how passionate we are about basically everything that we do.
This summer helped me understand mental health on a different level. My awareness of the subject has increased by not only doing research, but having to go through it with my group of friends. Depression is something that we all go through, and that was solidified for me this summer. Some people call them “funks” or “i’m just down”, well in medical terms that’s called Depression. There are different levels to depression, and everyone handles it differently. Depression is not some made up thing, that people use for excuses to feel numb. Depression is a brain disorder, that messes with your brain chemistry. It’s something that not just young people are dealing but people in all ages and cultures. We must take depression a lot more serious if we went to decrease the amount of people who deal with depression.
Even though we all had our moments this summer when we were going through it all, we were always there for each other. Summer Sixteen has taught me the importance of the people you surround yourself with because when you are down those are people who are going to pick you up. My friends are my main support system in my life, and we all showed that we will be there for each other no matter what the situation is. The growth that I have experienced during Summer Sixteen, will be with me for the rest of my life. I learned more about myself this summer than ever before, and I will take it with me into my next relationship with the fall.
Now don’t get me wrong I love the summer and I think it is my favorite season by far, but I can’t help but admire and look forward to the fall. The vibes that fall brings are incredibly, the crinkling on the bottom of your feet as you walk on leaves, the smell of autumn, fall cuddling you just can’t beat it. Unofficially naming your favorite hoodie/sweater and wearing it 5 times a week no matter what the occasion is. The best thing about the fall is the fact that it feels like a new year, especially for the children and young adults. You get to start a new school year with straight A’s, perfect attendance, and ample opportunity for making new friends.
The fall brings the start of a new football season which America loves for the most part, unless someone is kneeling during the national anthem. New television series start and new seasons are premiered. A lot of fashion brands releasing there newest collection. The list of things that start in the fall can go on and on. My point is summer brings this relaxed mindset, where you don’t have to grind as hard as you usually do because it’s a time for vacation and refueling.
I’m over the chill vibes of the summer, I’m ready to go full gear on everything that I’m working on. It’s a lot easier to get in that mindset when the majority of people are thinking the same way, rather than thinking about there next summer trip. Fall is the time where you put in all the work so you can have a great summer. All the seeds you plant for the next 9 months will blossom in the summer, if you do the necessary work and put in the time and effort.
So Summer Sixteen, thank you for everything that you have taught me, the new people that have become friends, and the times that brought my friends and I closer. But seriously this needs to end, see you in 9 months be well.