Who ruined October? Who decided we needed to start our January resolutions in one of my favorite months of the year? I have received several invitations to join end of year challenges! Start the new year early and work on your goals now. Work on the goals that failed in 2018 because time isn’t up. Get a head start on the goals for 2019. Really, it’s a lot of pressure. And it’s fall. Who wants to think about goals?
I love fall. I love long pants instead of shorts and heat instead of air conditioning. I love Macintosh apples that are crisp not soggy. I love cuddling up with a cozy blanket or crocheting without sweating. I love the smell of campfires and crisp, cool autumn air. I love football and seasonal movies. And I love socks. Yes, weird. But I am happy to put away sandals and be allowed to wear socks, whether anklets, knee highs, or tights. I want to keep my feet warm, and my children forbid me to wear socks with my sandals.
I also love Halloween and Thanksgiving. And fall holidays lead into Christmas, and the holidays are such a busy time. So, why would anyone want to think about goals?
It is common to “begin” a new year in September; as a teacher, this is still my mental start of a new year. And January, despite being the real start of a new year, does seem a somewhat artificial time to begin new things. And yet, some schools start in August, some in September, and some are year round. So, what’s the point of beginning in October? Why do people offer challenges now?
Because. We really should be working on the goals we have set continually, and it is easy to lose sight of them in the busyness of students returning to school, schedules getting tighter, and the days get shorter. It gets dark sooner. The weather begins to cool, and hibernating sounds like a great idea. But instead of hiding out all fall and winter, we need to re-evaluate goals and make sure we aren’t coasting. We need to find balance. We need to enjoy life and accomplish goals.
So, I encourage you to enjoy October. But I also encourage you to drag out that January goal list, dust it off, and see if you can finish one or two things you planned to do so they can be checked off as done!
Think about how good it will feel when you are taking a walk at dusk on a cool fall evening to know that your goal list is nearing completion.
There will be time for those new goals in January. . . or next October.