The 6 Stages of Grief: Vacation Edition ...

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Labor Day's over, September has arrived in earnest, and summer is dying another death.

Even though it's still calendar summer, the leaves are beginning to change and the temperatures are rapidly dropping.

Y'all, it's official: summer vacation is over.

It has passed on, may it rest in peace.

You may be feeling some strange emotions.

Maybe you're blue, maybe you feel like you're in mourning, but you aren't quite sure why.

I hate to tell this, but you might be grieving for summer.

If you're not sure, then you need to read through the six stages of grief – as they apply to vacation.

1. Stage One: Denial

At first, when you head back to work or start the new semester at school, you're excited.

Workers, you're thinking about the new projects you might be able to do!

And there's a new employee, maybe you'll be friends!

Students, a summer of fun has lulled you into thinking that, this year, learning might be fun.

You've got new clothes, new notebooks, an awesome new pen, you are so ready!

Being responsible every day is just as fun as vacation!

This is denial, and it does not last long.2

You will crash and crash hard.

Stage Two: Anger
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