Summer Break & New Beginnings

Most students are ending school around this time! The excitement for summer and the rush to be done tangibly hangs in the air like humid mist. This summer I’ll be making some changes to my blog (announcements and updates coming soon!) so in the midst of all of these transitions, endings, and beginnings, here are 8 of my favorite related quotes.


Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

Sam Keen

Isn’t that just so incredibly true! I feel like summer is the only time where it’s socially acceptable for me to have reached the end of the day and have accomplished exactly 4 hours of watching YouTube and 320 pages of my latest novel but absolutely nothing useful.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

I doubt many of are crying because school just ended (if anything I’ve probably been the opposite) but some good things are coming to an end! We won’t have as much access to friends and socialization as we used to. A couple months ago I created a tradition with my siblings and it was SO needed and life-giving that we all got together at the end of the day and started crying because it was over. Because it seemed that finally a breath of life, that real sense of being alive had visited us and it was about to leave. But my brother showed me this quote and it’s stuck with me ever since.

“I always had this idea that you should never give up a happy middle in the hopes of a happy ending, because there is no such thing as a happy ending. Do you know what I mean? There is so much to lose.”

John Green

This is such an important idea! A lot of the time we sacrifice the now for happiness “later” but will that “later” ever really come with the type of habits and mindsets this creates in us? This teaches us to keep postponing happiness and living for the future. So the moral of the story goes back to everything in moderation.

“There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over–and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.”

Ellen Goodman

Some of you here are in high school or college and with that I just hope to gently let you know that the friendships that stick with you after those phases (or really any phases in life) will be unexpected. It will hurt as some relationships drift into non-existent but never deny the happiness it gave you in the moment and how valid that is and always will be. Sucky endings don’t take away the beautiful middles that all those friendships/ phases in life did give you.

“The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

This literally baffles my mind and I love it. It reminds me a lot of the adage: Life is about the journey not the destination, but could it also be implying that there needs to be a destination? An end to everything? I’m not sure, let me know what you think of this one in the comments!

“Do not wait until the near end of your life to realize that you have not fully lived to love.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

Now we’re moving out of that phase talk and looking at life as a whole. Let’s make sure that that ending (or more like transition for those of you who believe in an afterlife like me) is satisfying! I say this almost every week but I encourage you to get clear on your why. And for me, as cheesy as it sounds, it is love.

“It’s a lot easier to say when something ended rather than when it began. Most of us can recognize the end from a mile away, but the beginning always slips up on us, lulling us into thinking what we’re living through is yet another moment, in yet another day.”

Steve Yarbrough

I included this quote because I know a lot of you are praying, hoping, and wishing for things. And honestly? Crickets might as well be chirping. Because nothing is happening. But I wanted to remind you that the beginning is almost unnoticeable. If you’re lonely, or looking for opportunities, I want you to know that they might already be in your life, they might even be incredibly soon, either way they probably won’t come with a loud bang. So stay attentive even when you get frustrated with the wait.

“God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.”

Bernie Siegel

I just came across this quote when researching for this article and I found it so beautiful! I love the consolation that some things do indeed last forever. And part of that is just rooted in the nature that surrounds and nourishes all of us everyday.


Aaand that’s a wrap. Feel free to comment your own favorite quotes, thoughts about these quotes, or summer plans down below!

-Cynthia

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