Summer is finally drawing to a close, ladies and gentlemen. Try not to be too shell shocked ar the change. The temperature will drop a minimum of three degrees now, after all. Summer can be great, yes. Barbecues, drinks, beaches, light clothes, long nights and holidays but fear not, it can also be total shit, which is why I for one am glad that summer is over. Here's why you should be too;
1) College Time
College is very unlike school in that we actually look forward to going back every September. In fact, summer is a mere inconvenience to college students. We're leaving behind the carefree student lifestyle for a summer of working shitty jobs and being questioned on the next course of action we're going to take with our lives. Sure, the first week off after exams is great and all, but come July we're dying to get back to being professional layabouts for the next year ahead.
2) Teachers Are Back To Work
If you're reading this and are a teacher or indeed a teacher in training, then I have zero sympathy for you, whatsoever. Teachers are wise(ish) because they had the common sense to pick a career that entitles them to two months (minimum) off every summer as well as numerous weeks throughout the year and to really top it all off, a 6 hour day. The rest of us are lucky to get three days off for Christmas and four days holidays in July. Still, just comfort yourself in the fact that at least you're not going to spend a large chunk of your life in a classroom.
3) Less Socialising
Whatever it is about summer, it tends to bring out our inner disco drinking divas. We come down with serious case of FOMO if we're not perched in a beer garden, cider in hand, every single weekend. Winter then, paves the way for less drinking, more nights in catching up on Netflix and a general sense of letting our livers rest up. I'll drink to that.
4) Everywhere Smells Better
The ever lingering smell of sweat is replaced with a smell of hot chocolate, cool breezes, soup and joy. Or maybe that's just to my summer hating nose...
5) Fun Non-Festival Events
Festivals are great and all, but once the summer is over you'll probably be glad to see the back of them for a while. Sure, what's not to like about all day drinking, camping in shit and eating enough burgers to sink a ship, but it's good to try something new which is why, come the close of summer, Halloween and Oktoberfest are where it's at. No portable toilets, no muck, no wellies, just pure, unadulterated joy.
6) Less Personal Prep
With summer comes shaving, tanning, waxing, polishing, buffing and boring times all round. Alas, not so much when it's all over. The end of summer spells the end of personal grooming and personal pride too, on some level. Layer on the woolen goods because there's a yeti hiding underneath this jumper..
7) Fewer Tourists
Don't get me wrong, I totally understand that tourists are imperative to our economy. They're great ok, I know that. It's just that when I'm trying to run through town at rush hour and there are numerous people taking pictures of bridges and junkies, this is not helpful in any way to me. So, come winter when they all go back on home and there's far more space for us all to run around angrily, it can only be a good thing.
8) Public Transport Is More Bearable
Public transport during the summer is really some mild form of torture, in my opinion. Sweat, tight spaces, late schedules, angry people and windows that won't open all combine to make for a very uncomfortable commute indeed. Now, getting on to a warm bus is somewhat of a comfort instead of a curse. For the most part.
9) Better Food
Goodbye boring salads and hello fantastic comforting winter food, we've really missed you. After all a few extra pounds in the winter equals insulation, meaning there's no better time to treat yourself to that tempting little treat that you've no doubt got your eye on...
10) More Excuses To Curl Up On The Couch
When the weather's great outside, you might feel guilty for swapping that run for a run of the Kardashians and a nest of blankets, but now there's no such guilt factor. Stock up on blankets, socks and great films because it's getting chilly out there and we're going nowhere.
11) A Fresh Start
September is ingrained in our minds as being a fresh start, a new beginning and the start of another year, perhaps more so than January. Think about it, you spend roughly 18 years of your life starting anew every September so now is as good a time as any to rid yourself of any past mistakes, any regrets and above all, to try and achieve anything that you want after a lazy or unproductive summer. Go out there and get it.