Five and a half months of freedom, without the pressure of exams, social interaction, or, well pretty much anything, sounds perfect, and very inviting. But as you cosy up with isolation, lured into the beautiful idea of the longest break you’ve ever had, you may begin to feel bored. Maybe you feel as if after all these years of revising towards a goal, and learning to work towards something, you’ve learned only to be motivated by the end goal that is exams. And maybe you feel lost without school, and as if without it, you can’t find your purpose, or motivation, and then you might begin to realise that after all this time you’ve spent complaining and hating school, it was actually the main source of direction in your life, and without it you are simply floating around with no aim or intent, and that we’re so heavily reliant on our school timetables to give our days structure, that it’s almost impossible to come up with our own routine, which makes you come to terms with how you’re not really self-motivated like you thought you were, and maybe you’re not really the person you thought you were, and maybe you don’t really feel the way you feel. Or maybe you just feel bored. But whether you’re looking for something to do, or having a mid life crises, this article is for you.
A good way to start this holiday, is to make a bucket list. This doesn’t have to include things such as skydiving or taking a hot air balloon trip around England, and it definitely shouldn’t include travelling. But it could include little things that you want to commit to, such as going for a run in the morning. Or cooking a meal for your family (as hygienically as you can). This means that if you do find yourself at a loss of what to do, you can check your list and keep yourself busy before you find yourself lost in a duvet with a tub of ice cream in front of the telly.
Keeping yourself busy with little things like going for runs, or journalling is healthy, but to spice up these months, you could aim high, and try something new. Try your hand at a bit of painting or challenge yourself at learning a new language with Duolingo. Start a project that can become part of your day, even if that’s just twenty minutes a day of learning to count to ten in Japanese.
When trying to fill a hole in your life where school used to be, you could even challenge yourself to get a head start on A Levels. Check out what spec you’re with and buy some of those textbooks. We’re in an insanely unique position, but in a bid to make the most of it, a lot of people will be trying to get ahead in A Levels. This means that competition could be very high when you go back. Plus, doing school work when you haven’t been asked to is somehow a whole lot easier.
Go ahead and freshen up your room. School’s out for spring, so you might want to think about having a bit of a spring clean. Go through those clothes and throw out the T-shirts you haven’t worn in years, return all the borrowed hoodies, and question whether you’re really ever going to wear that dress you’ve been holding onto for the “right moment”. Thoroughly wash them and throw them in some bin bags for charity. Empty out your cupboards and drawers, and make a pile of textbooks that you never have to open again. As tempting as it is to burn them, think about donating them back to school. You might want to ask your friends if they have any as well, and to really do your good deed for the year, you could collect all your friends’ old textbooks and organise them into subjects and then take them into school. Spring cleaning is an especially good idea at a time like this, when it is likely you’ll be spending a lot of time stuck inside, and in the case that you do fall ill, it is unlikely you’ll have the energy or motivation to clean up.
Unfortunately, a lot of us are missing upcoming concerts, and this can be pretty devastating, especially if you’ve been looking forward to them for a while. To make up for those missed opportunities, you could try organising a concert in your room. Throw on some flashing lights, get dressed up, and blast your music from your speakers. If you’re desperate for company, invite your family up, or start a group video call with your friends and enjoy the experience together. Sure, there won’t be any mosh pits, and you wont exactly be able to scream the lyrics, to be frank, the experience won’t be the same. But if you’re looking for a project, and sick of sitting still on your phone all day, this might be the activity for you.
Finally, get creative. Creativity is the one thing that geography and maths lessons lack, so take advantage of your time off school, and write some music, or poetry. Read books, draw, paint, sew, cook. Keeping yourself entertained and your brain busy is essential at times like these, so plan a project this holiday, and get busy. It’s hard to find your purpose in the six months you have off, but it can be done. Good luck, stay safe, and keep up to date with the Spires’ Scoop, as we bring all sorts of articles to keep you busy over the next few months! If you really want to challenge yourself, write a couple of articles and send them to the Spires’ Scoop to get them published on our website!