Updated: Nov 5, 2019
I keep seeing posts and tweets about this summer being a 'Hot Girl Summer' or 'Sad Girl Summer', but what if, and just hear me out for a second, we simply make it a Little Girl Summer? Let's be as care-free and happy as we were when we were 10. The last 4-5 years have been the 'good old' teenage years, where everyone's insecure, worried about what other people think, and holding themselves back from doing what they really want to do. In high school I would go to the beach and to public pools, but I wouldn't go under water because I didn't want my hair to get wet. I wanted to continue looking pristine. I would watch the little kids with goggles on in the ocean and be envious of the world they were seeing, of the world that I was depriving myself from because I didn't want to seem 'lame' if I put goddamn goggles on. I would get my ice cream in a dish so I wouldn't have it dripping down my hand or chin when it melted, even though the cone is one of the best parts of getting an ice cream in the summer. I've watched beautiful women steer away from bikinis because they were insecure about their bodies. Hell, I've even been insecure about wearing bikinis. But, the fact is, every body is a bikini body; regardless if you're a size 2 or a size 18. Talking to my friends I hear them say the same things; they don't do what they really want to because it's too messy, too silly, or too childish. Well, fuck it. I say do all of the things, regardless of how silly they may make you look; and if people are judging then that's because their summer is clearly one for a sad girl: There is truly no point in being judgmental of one another, the world would be a much better place if we embraced one another and built each other up; encouraging everyone to be happy and love themselves. I am so lucky to have the loving, supportive, and fun friends that I do, but not everyone has people around them to build them up and make them feel good about themselves. So, let's just try to be a little more inclusive, yeah? I have been living my little girl summer, and let me tell you, I have laughed and smiled so much that my cheeks hurt.
I went to the beach with one of my best friends and we jumped in the waves, ran into the water, and body surfed. My hair got completely wet, and I didn't care. We hung out at the lake and jumped off the boat in the middle of the lake, splashing each other like we were five years old again. We put our freaking goggles on and swam around, exploring a world we normally would ignore existed. We went tubing until our arms were sore. I had an ice cream cone, and it was messy. And some of these activities are ones I have done every summer since I was little, the only difference now is that I'm embracing a 'fuck it' state of mind. I think everyone should have a 'fuck it' state of mind. We all need to start really enjoying what we have around us, taking full advantage of every opportunity to put a smile on our faces, and embrace the 'little kid' that lives within us.