I started October with a pumpkin muffin my friend baked (with pumpkin puree, thanks Savannah) and a pumpkin spice latte (that I burned my thumb making, thanks searing hot almond milk). I sat on my kitchen counter, feet dangling a foot or two from the ground, a bright sun hanging behind gloomy clouds, warming my back as it can from the large kitchen window. I was enjoying these few moments of solitary joy in my morning before getting ready for work, but all I could think was about where I was in life.
I have spent most of the last week reflecting on what September was, and now I am focused on what October can be. For me, it's about finishing things I started. On October 8 I will be 25 years old. I want to tie up loose ends before I push forward into a new year of my life. I want to stop being lazy and submit those 6 pieces of work still sitting in an envelope to be sent off. I want to exchange margin notes with my friend Ariel and finally send her back her books. I want to finish reading my library books and get them back on time. I want to finally finish the books I borrowed from my friend Chris. I want to finish the books downloaded to my Kindle. (Seeing a pattern here?) Any other goals--personal, professional and recreational--that I set for myself years ago I want to finally complete.
It's not a quarter-life-crisis. It's just an understanding that life moves forward whether we want it to or not, so we might as well keep pace with it and do what we always say we're going to do--and do it well.