Hello folks. It's that time of year again, for me . . . summer is over.
Because I've been perpetually a student, and now I'm an academic, I've always been on an academic calendar. Which means I've had the luxury of long (if no longer lazy) summers all of my life. Things haven't changed that much since I was a kid, though, and I mourn the ending of summer.
That said, the end of the summer is sort of like the beginning of a new year for me. In fact, the New Year never feels like my new year, it's very much my mid-year. Therefore it's always the beginning of the school year that finds me reassessing my goals, my dreams, and my place in my own life.
Right now, I have to say I'm about as recharged and raring to go as I can get. I've just had what was probably the best summer of my life, so far, and it's left me super focused and super clear about what I've got, what I want, and what I think I need to do.
My first big epiphany this summer was that I chase happiness, rather than letting happiness come to me. I had that fortune-cookie realization one night when I was nearly asleep, but not quite. It took me a while, but I think I now know what I meant. And I was right! I've always been really active and impatient, but there are some things that can't be rushed, or forced. Those things I've got to let go of and just be open to them, rather than actively pursuing them.
My other big epiphany was that I need a home. It's probably not going to be here in Greensburg, as what I really want is a bolt hole in a fabulous location for holidays and long weekends. I think I know where, and it's a city I fell in love with the second I stepped foot there. I don't want to say too much as things may change. I'm holding my dream tight to my chest like a frightened bird, but I'm so happy to have something I know I want, for my personal life. I'm very lucky that my careers are going well and that I know what I want professionally, but sometime this summer I realized that my only goals were career goals and that I needed to think about how I want to live, not just what I want to do.
So that's me, in a nutshell. Is there anything you've realized about yourself, after our long, hot summer grinds down into fall?