School is starting again! I took my grandchildren [ages 7 and 5] shopping for new clothes the other night and I’m happy to say both of them are looking forward to being back in school. Not that they haven’t enjoyed the summer of more unstructured activity, mind you, but they are looking equally happy to begin another year of learning and growing. For most of my life, my personal calendar has been governed by the school year — first [and frequently thereafter] I was a student myself, then I became a teacher. For an interval, it was my own children going to school that determined all sorts of dates in my life, and then back to teaching I went. Even the church seemed to run on the September through June calendar when I first became a Unitarian Universalist [the churches took the summer off and I was heard to say, “we know to worship the sun during July and August!” So early September has always meant new beginnings for me.
What I’ve learned though, as time has progressed, is that any time can be a “new beginning” if we choose to view it that way. I had a knee replacement one year in February, another in December; I’ve moved in June and October; started new jobs in January and July; had a baby in March, another in December, and the third in June; and taken up new hobbies at many different times of year. Each of those events has been a new beginning — “the first day of the rest of my life” — and I’m looking forward to many more. I believe that it’s never too late to start over or to add something exciting to my repertoire. So my wish for you all is that your life be filled with new beginnings, whenever the time is right!