There's something about September and fall that makes me take a deep, cleansing "AAAAHHHHHH"-type breath and think of the world as NEW. The biggest reason for this is because September is the herald of school starting up again.
Ah yes, the equally exciting and dreadful Back-To-School season is upon us! Growing up, this meant my siblings and I would go to Sears with my grand mom and she would buy us all an armful of new clothes and a couple of VHS tapes or SEGA games. Returning to school meant writing my name on the inside cover of new-to-me textbooks and cracking open crisp notebooks to deflower their white pages with copious notes and even more copious doodles.
Now, as a REAL LIVE ADULT living in the REAL LIVE WORLD, I still catch myself referring to brisk and beautiful September, rather than the desolation that is Pennsylvanian January, as the start of a new year. I want to renew goals, update lists, clear out closets, and reset intentions. September is like a shot of espresso to my soul. Soul-presso. Espress-soul. Hmm.
And why not? Shouldn't we see each season, month, day as new? Shouldn't we be able to hit life's reset button every couple of hours? During the workday, I often find myself slipping into foul moods and discouraging old thought patterns for no real reason and need to take a break, take a walk, go outside, get some coffee, look at birds, and remember who I am. So that I can walk back into that office NEW. Recharged. Able to soldier on with pluck and patience.
Let's all give ourselves the permission, this September and every day after, to begin again, to make all things new. To step out of damaged places and painful cycles. To clear the air, clear some space. Let's create fresh moments, moment by moment. Let's forgive and forget. Let's heal and move on.