But maybe more exciting than school supplies was a new school year -- a new classroom, a new teacher, and new classmates. I can still go year by year and name all of my teachers, who my friends were that year, and what boys I had crushes on. And I can still remember the excitement of finding my desk and my cubby on the first day of school. You never knew what new adventure and what new friends were just around the corner.
And then fast forward to adult life. You get in relationships, get married, have kids, work full-time ... and, well, life can get monotonous and routine. Maybe you have stayed in your hometown and have a plethora of friends and family members to be with at all times. But for some of us who settle down away from home, it gets tougher and tougher to make new friends and to stay in touch with the old ones. People move and people change. And even with today's technology, it's still difficult to remain truly connected to those you care about. I'm very blessed to have the great family and friends that I do. I have a challenging job I enjoy. But wouldn't it be nice to walk into a new "classroom" once a year with as many opportunities laid before you as in elementary school days?
As humans many of us are creatures of habit and thrive off routines. With families and full-time jobs it's so easy to make excuses nowadays. But when we stop making the effort and instead make excuses, who knows what we are missing out on? As this new school year approaches and as I begin a new decade, I hope to find ways of treating my life like walking into a new classroom in August. I hope to work on opening myself to the unfamiliar -- to new friends and to that new adventure that could be waiting right around the corner.
So here's to a new school year. Here's to shopping for that special New Kids on the Block folder. To that Ninja Turtles school bag. Those neon gel pens. And to that new teacher who might make a difference in your child's life and help shape them into the person they will become. To the kid who will make yours cry, causing them to grow stronger in the process. To the new friends your child will make. To the new subjects they will learn and the life lessons they will take with them. And here's to striving to make YOUR life as exciting as the first day of school.