Although I'm not a teacher, I'm not in school, and I don't have kids, I still feel a little magic in the air in September. That back to school feeling makes everything a little brighter in my life. The dip in temperature, the change of colors, and the subtle (or for some sudden?) shift in routine makes me so happy. I can't quite put my finger on it, but autumn makes me feel like myself.
It's often said that September is the other January. It's a new start, a clean slate, a beginning of one thing and the end of another. Maybe that's one reason I love Septembers like I do. I enjoy the resolutions and goals and planning that January brings, but I don't love winter and I'm always in a little bit of a socializing hangover after the holidays. September offers a platform for starting over right in the middle of day to day life.
Up until recently I never understood when grown ups said time passes more and more quickly each year. Now I do. I totally get it, so I've been intentional about marking each season in unique ways. One way I do this is filling my calendar with things I'm looking forward to, and I must say this fall I have quite the list.
My sister is getting married next month. I'm going to see Hamilton with a friend. I'm going to reread some back-to-school-feeling favorites. I signed up for an online course about purpose. I have a pile of soup recipes I'm going to try. I'm going to see the "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" accompanied by the Minnesota Orchestra. Our five year wedding anniversary is in October. I'm running a half marathon with my husband and my mother-in-law. I have a lunch date planned with an enneagram expert. I'm finally going to attend a regularly scheduled yoga class again.
And the best part? I'm going to do all these things wrapped in a sweater and scarf, if not literally than in spirit. I'm going to go out of my way to step on every crunchy leaf. My fantasy world is eternally autumn.
So here's to clean slates and new perspectives. I hope this fall you can view your ordinary life through an exciting new lens.