It’s May and for most of the world, that means Spring. For Malta, we have suddenly shifted into the beginnings of Summmaa. The sun is beating brighter, the heat waves are still mild and the days are longer. All of these elements together scream Summmaa.
Here’s the thing. School is a piece of work and personally, a waste of my energy. My friends in Michigan are care-free since their finals were weeks ago and I’m feeling jealous. I am not in the mood to wait another two months to get rid of this so-called uni life. I have plenty of assignments and take-home exams that I don’t even want to start. Right now, I’d like to relax and work on my writing, not school. Can you relate?
For the first time in a long time, the near future is not clear. By the look of things, life will not be back to normal anytime soon. One might think it’s going to be a bleak Summmaa. No feasts. No Grotta. No traveling. Even job prospects aren’t looking so pretty. And what can we do about it? Not a lot of options are left on the table but to stay put and see what happens.
About a month ago, I had hopes that this pandemic would pass over Malta by the end of June and things would transition back to normality. I knew that I was only hoping for things to get back to normal because I hate the current lifestyle. I knew that I was searching for something to look forward to since there’s nothing positive about our situation right now. It was like searching for the light at the end of the tunnel because I knew it was there. But now, that light is far beyond reach. Things are not going to settle anytime soon and we know that this Summmaa is gonna suck (but only if we let it!).
Ok, so no grotta, no feasts, no traveling… at least we’ll be able to get out of the house and go to work and chill with our friends and go to the beach. I’d like to consider this Summmaa an ol’ school American Summmaa like in the 70s or 80s (watch That 70s Show or a movie called Dazed and Confused for further reference. Classic!) Just a chill life and beer. We might not know it yet, but we are already doing that since there’s nothing else to do here. At least, we will have these options on the table.
Therefore, we must look back on all the good Summmaa Memories of our pasts with nostalgia and accept that the Summmaa ahead of us will be good too. A different Summmaa. Maybe we will learn a thing or too. Summmaa is a feeling. It’s the sun in your face, the sound of the waves and the cool taste of ice-cream. It is upon us my friends! Embrace it! (but study for your exams too)