Happy New Year!
Yes, I realize that it is September. Even though I’ve been out of school for quite some time, the fall still feels like a new beginning to me. My brain still functions on a semester schedule, even though my schedule doesn’t look much different in June versus October. I’ve been trained through years of schooling that the fall is a time for new beginnings. For getting organized. For starting a new challenge.
I could be frustrated by the apparent sameness of my life and schedule. A new year of school feels like an adventure. I would get all my school supplies organized. Get a new class schedule. Be surrounded by new people. And learn something new. It was very exciting! Sometimes I feel like adulthood is mundane, like a long string of Tuesdays back to back. But I want some adventure. Some change. Some movement. I believe that our hearts are wired for rhythms, for ebb and flow, for expected fluctuations. Whether it is seasons, weather changes, holidays, or weekends. Expected changes and rhythm help us pace our lives.
I remember seeing everyone’s first day of school pictures on social media last year. From little tykes with their first backpacks headed to Kindergarten, to strapping lads bedecked with their collegiate best, and every age in between. This year, I wanted to join the party; so I snapped this photo!
Yes, my schedule doesn’t change much. My surroundings aren’t completely different. But I can still celebrate new goals, new adventures, and new challenges in the continual journey of life. Happy New Year, everyone. May it be a great one!