No need to check your calendars, it is still September. However, I have a hard time feeling like January 1st is the start of anything other than a month-long battle with my writing hand to not automatically put the wrong year on everything. Instead, autumn, blowing in to push out the last remains of summer with all the excitement of a new school year has always held for me a beginning, a start, a new year.
This is the time for new clothes and books and school supplies. Blank pages in brand new notebooks waiting to be filled with all manner of interesting and not-so-interesting subjects. Pens and pencils at the ready. Clothes meant to last at least until the next growth spurt, tennis shoes for gym class, a new wardrobe that blends comfort, style, and versatility, not the use-once party outfit to be seen it at midnight. There is freshness to the fall. While I miss the cool bite of the air in the morning that I remember from my youth I can imagine it quickly as I watch little ones load up on the school bus.
There is so much potential in the return to school, of new friendships, and fresh starts. The first day is filled with promise. Everyone can be a scholar, or an athlete, or the star of the school play. It is a chance to rewrite your story. It is this time of year that inspires me to make changes, improve my self, improve my world, and begin again.
I guess it was a good sign that I arrived in Jakarta just after Labor Day one year ago. I repeated that trip this year, returning to Jakarta from a trip to the States just after Labor Day again. Lots of deja vu!
I even checked into the same hotel that I did one year ago. (Yep, lost my mind and went to a Ball after my 30+ hour trip.) Scott booked us a room so that I could quickly get ready as soon as I arrived. But it gave me a unique insight into how far I had come in just one year. It was a wonderful homecoming greeted by good friends and my “Horizon” family.
And just as each fall before it, now is the time for a new year. So I have dusted off my resolutions and reset my course. Having found my log-in information again for the blog (Sorry!), I am going to rededicate myself to writing more. (There is a whole summer of stuff to catch y’all up on.) I am getting back to the gym, or the pool, or some activity that will raise my heart rate and take off the pounds I gained eating my way through the States last month. I am signing up to Explore Jakarta with the Indonesian Heritage Society. I am planning better so my time is used more productively.
So here is to fresh starts, new friends, and endless potential. Happy New Year!