I realize that there’s still technically almost a month left of summer but I can’t say that I’m really feeling it any more.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like I want summer to be over. We’ve gotten another wave of warmth and humidity so it certainly still feels like summer too. But, still, I can’t help but feel like the season has run its course.
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been pretty preoccupied with Luc’s birthday. He turned 30 last weekend so obviously major milestone celebrations were in order. Two weekends ago we threw an epic surprise party for him (which would be why I’ve talked about the Midsummer Night’s Run but never wrote about it. I signed up but I didn’t run it. But Luc thought I was running it, which made for a perfect cover-up for the party, to great success. It sounds like there were more than a few hiccups with the race this year anyway so I guess I picked the right one to miss…) His actual birthday was this past weekend though so we celebrated by sailing from Gananoque to Kingston with some friends. We docked at Confederation Basin and ran the town for the night. We played shoe golf in the park and I wound up having to climb a tree. Y’know, standard birthday stuff. Good times were had by all.
All in all, it was kind of a perfect summer weekend to round out what had been a very busy month. Come Monday I was happy to welcome the down time I suddenly found myself with and couldn’t even find it in me to be upset when I came outside to find a smattering of golden leaves on my car.
Despite my apparent adulthood, my relationship with the seasons still tends to be heavily influenced by the school year. I received my teaching schedule last week (I go back to teaching Social Media and Emerging Technologies at Loyalist College on September 10th) and already my mind is back in the classroom. Without really having to try, my focus has begun to shift from sun and leisure to revamping course materials, work projects and personal endeavors.
In my work at QPAM, we often say that September is like our New Year. The more I think about it, the more I realize that’s kind of the case for most aspects of my life these days.
So I’m thinking about the school year and I’m thinking about plans for work. I’m thinking about my writing and my continued learning and getting ready to launch a new project with Candice (MONDAY! Stay tuned!) I’m settling in for a season of thoughtful planning and mindful creation and, I’ve got to be honest: I’m feeling pretty damn good about it all.
What about you? How are you feeling about the end of summer? Is September just another month to you or do you also look at it as a sort of New Year too? Let me know in the comments!