Oh I love September – such a time of promise, of renewal, of fresh starts. Of course, new terms and academic years. But also (Jewish) New Year*.
We’re just home from a lovely, relaxing, restorative holiday, which we booked back in January when we felt that we would really need one (and we were right). We’re feeling suitably renewed and ready to start back in again.
It helps that I have slept well for the past week or more. I’m full of ideas of what I’d like to do and to achieve this (next) year – the year when both Malcolm and I will turn 60, the year when we will celebrate having been together for 40 years. The year when our oldest son will turn 30 (another whole year to go till that one though). And probably the year when we will both retire from our professional work (or at least, the paid work we’re doing at the moment).
So much to celebrate, so much to enjoy.
It helps of course that suddenly the weather is glorious. I have lots of plans for the garden (front and back), and for the allotment. I have crafting plans, and writing plans. I have fitness plans – yes to the running and more cycling this year, and definitely continuing walking. I have plans to help both sons and their partners in their new homes. I have plans to travel, and to see more of friends and relatives.
The past few years have been dominated by caring and other responsibilities. There will still be some of that, but with luck the balance will have shifted considerably, and this year will be one of enjoyment and fun alongside work, gatherings with friends and family, and involvement in our community.
I made a start yesterday and today by going for my first runs for a long time, continuing with a crochet project, arranging to visit both sons to help out with ‘stuff’, and visiting a garden which is an inspiration to me (more of that later this week).
I hope that you too are able to start this New Year with optimism and hope, and full of positive plans and ideas.
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) begins on the evening of 13 September this year; Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) starts on the evening of 22 September this year.