Last Manic Monday, I chatted a little about my "New Year" of September. A good part of that post was prompted by Indie Biz Chicks' Crissy Herron's Blogging Challenge.
Obviously, I'm not alone in feeling this rush of "Giddyap! Let's go!" with September.
(Speaking of "Giddyap!", I rode Calico for the first time today! Manda, Smart Steps Life Coach - I'm ahead of my project goal on that.)
All things considered, I went all out with my change of direction with September. Between the teal-now-greenish hair, the horse, doing web design - albeit very LIMITED web design - of all things… Yeah, pretty big, and a LOT of learning curves.
On top of that, things are starting back up with the Society of Professional Communicators in Worcester, and I've got planned a Speed Networking meeting with the Downtown Women's Club.
I may as well be back in School.
And I'm loving every minute of it. Even the fact it's almost 4AM, and I'm exhausted. I'm smiling. Of course, I always loved the learning part of school.
As an adult, I'm also loving the social aspect - something I missed very much through most of school until I discovered fen-friends (granted, my understanding of the term "fen" for "fandom of SF/F/H" is also a recent learning thing, too). Now, though, I've got a pretty active social and business life. October, for example, has only one Sunday that is not scheduled, and no Saturdays. The weekdays aren't looking that free either. That, also, has been a big September thing. My journey into fandom and freelance writing all began with contacts I made at my very first Dragon*Con in 2002.
Even deeper, for me, September of 1996 was another life-changer. Starting college, knowing nobody, I dove into a new commitment into social skills a week into classes where I crashed a friend of a friend of a roomate's (or something like that) Rocky Horror Picture Show Party. Yeeeah - THAT was a learning curve for this sheltered Catholic girl. But, I was undeterred! In fact, I found an assertive moment and asked people in the room if anyone played D&D.
To this day, I'm friends with most of the people who were in that room.
I even married one of 'em! Four Septembers later.
But I'm not the only person who would start new schools in September, or new jobs, or new learning endeavors. September is hardly my special month alone. Others have had similar experiences, so this new beginning while (at least in our hemisphere) everything is starting to die is a collective experience and blessing… and conundrum.
In any case, the School of Life is back in session… What are you doing to make the most of it?
I'm pretty sure there'll be a test somewhere down the line. Are you ready?