September always feels like the start of a new year to me but this year it feels particularly new and fresh. I landed in Durham one year before covid took hold of our world and in the spring of 2019 I was full of hope and expectation. I thought I was turning the page onto an “easy-peasy” chapter in life.
Family drama was followed by death and more drama, which was followed by business drama and change after change after change, as covid shook our world. Pivot, pivot, pivot, I changed, adjusted, adapted and tried new things. I survived my move here, family and business drama and covid… but all at a cost. This summer I took time to slow down and rest.
Now it’s September again and I’m feeling the push to be out in the world, to try new things again… to step into the busy, exciting, chapter I expected 3 years ago. Only time will tell where it takes me.
Whatever the gap between your hopes and dreams and what life actually delivers, I hope you will always be gentle with yourself and occasionally allow yourself to rest, take stock and grieve.