5 things I Learned Over the Summer

 1. The scarier the adventure, the better.

So, heights. Yeah, not a big fan. I’m probably not the friend you’d want to take to a rollercoaster theme park (Disneyworld is an exception). However, while in Hawaii this summer, I knew I had to forget my fears and just take on the hike, because when else would I get the chance go hiking in Hawaii?! Believe me, I was terrified. I went on the Pillbox Hike in Lanikai which is a good hour hike (round trip). There were bugs (gross) and I was covered in sweat and mud by the time I reached the top (even more gross), and my heart was on the verge of falling out of my chest because I didn’t want to slip and fall to my death into the ocean- I’m being dramatic, but still.

The view was well worth it and I later learned that Zac Efron went on the same hike not so long ago. So basically, I have a connection with him.

2. You don’t have to know what you want to do with your life at 21.

This summer I turned 21. Thinking back to when I was in high school, for some reason I thought the older me would know everything by now. What I want to do, where I want to be after college, how to do this and how to do that. Here I am in my early twenties with a slight clue of my future and I’m ok with it. Let’s be real, no one has their life completely together and if they do, please tell me the secret. I’ve come to the conclusion that life is so unexpected and that it’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life- just know what you want to do today. Take a deep breath, take things slowly, and soon it will all fall into place.

3. The best cure for boredom is to be active.

But for real though. My best friend, Amanda, and I decided that we wanted to be more physically active this summer, so we joined a gym. It was perfect because whenever we had nothing to do, we just went and worked out together! It’s much more productive than just sitting at home, on the computer. And plus, going to the gym with a friend is way more fun than going by yourself. Can you be bored while pretending to be Beyonce at zumba class? I think not.

4. Children are the best teachers.

Watch out professors, kids know what they are talking about. I spent the majority of the summer as a camp counselor for a second year in a row. The crazy thing about working with kids is that you will find yourself learning more from them then you’d expect. They will teach you how to have the best patience and also how to have a good laugh. They might even teach you a brand new skill like knitting for me! Yes, thanks to a nine year old, I now know how to knit.

5. Remember to record.

The only thing I regret about this summer is not recording more adventures and memories that I had. Yeah, pictures can say a thousand words, but with video you can really see it in motion. For me, making videos is a way of documenting life. And with that, I give you this:

 

Hope you enjoyed,
-Malinda

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