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by Asma Gaba
Hanging out with friends is fun, especially in the summer where
the three months are fair game for adventures and lazy days. As
enjoyable being with a group of people can be, I cherish my alone
time greatly. Typically, being with people can leave me beyond
exhausted. Enjoying my own company is something that I
learned over time, and I’d love for other people to find out how to
1. Long walks. My favorite time to go for a walk is in the
evening- there’s something about the sun that’s just about to set
that gives me a sense of comfort. Walks are cathartic; it’s the
best way to clear your mind and reflect on what’s important. Find
a local hiking trail and take plenty of pictures! The views that
you’ll witness and the feeling of liberation will be worth the walk.
2. Cafés. Café hunting is an all-time favorite hobby of mine. I’m
a coffee fanatic, always wanting to try new blends and flavors
from different coffee houses. As much as I love Starbucks,
smaller and local cafés seem to always have a cooler ambiance,
not to mention unique (and delicious!) coffee flavors. Google to
see if there are any coffee shops by your area! Chances are you’ll
find your new favorite spot. Tip: Bring a book.
3. Read. I know that reading isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to
do, but you should give it a try. I truly believe that there’s a story
out there for everyone, whether it be a book that will captivate
you from beginning to end or one that you will identify with
wholeheartedly- it’s there. My favorite summer reads are: Since
You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, To All the Boys I’ve Loved
Before by Jenny Han, When We Collided by Emery Lord, and The
Haters by Jesse Andrews.
4. Write. Even if you’re not a skilled writer, or don’t particularly
care to be one, keeping a journal is worth it. If you take the time
to write only a few sentences per day, by the end of the year
you’ll have a whole lot of entries to read! Spending just a few
minutes a day to write my thoughts down is something I look
forward to. It’s underrated, but it’s nice to be alone with just a
pen and notebook.
5. Music. Last but not least, music! So much of our lives revolve
around music- in fact, young adults spend most of their day
listening to it! I’m certainly guilty; I have earbuds in my ears
nearly 24/7. While our usual music is comforting and familiar,
discovering new music gives us a sense of exhilaration. I’m
constantly taking up YouTube’s suggestions for music, and I’ve
discovered new favorites that way! Currently “Oh No!” by Marina
and the Diamonds and “Thousand Eyes” by Of Monsters and Men
are on repeat for me.
Going out with friends is fun, but I’d highly recommend taking the
time to be by yourself, too!