Friday, September 16, 2011
I've been thinking about school a lot lately. In my part of NY, kids went back to school last week. The school supplies in the stores are slowly being replaced by Halloween decorations. Schedules are being set and fine-tuned, and soon the newness of the school year will settle into routine.
I don't have children, but I remember my school days vividly. Some more so than others. I remember that sense of anticipation as the leaves began to turn, picking out school clothes and figuring out what to wear that all important first day. I remember the thrill of discovering which friends were in your classes and the excitement of all the new - new teachers, new subjects, new dances and club meetings. Schoolwork was important, but c'mon, checking out the cute boys was too!
The world brimmed with possibilities back then, and I think my melancholy when I remember my school days probably stems from that. Admittedly I didn't have the best time in school. Elementary school was awesome. Junior high and high school...not so much. I had friends and probably didn't suffer as much trauma as some kids did, but those days definitely left a mark on me. I lost a lot of my enthusiasm during high school, choosing to hide it under cynicism and sarcasm. Maybe I figured things would hurt less if I pretended I didn't care. I'm not really sure. But I miss that hopeful, excited person I used to be, so I'm trying to embrace learning again. I'm trying to let go of some of the cynicism and instead let what I love best about fall - the sense of upcoming possibilities - motivate me to try new things.
One new thing I'm trying new is a workshop taught by Candace Havens that starts in a few weeks. It's about revising your work, and I hope it's the kick in the pants I need to get going on some stalled projects. I also just bought a new camera. As much as I love writing, I need to pursue other creative avenues now and then to keep myself fresh. I miss taking pictures and can't wait to take my new red pretty camera for a spin.
What about you? Do you have fond memories of your school days? And what new things are you trying or exploring this fall?