As far as summers go, I've had a Really Great Summer. Lots of fun. Plenty of adventure. Definitely a change from the Ordinary of Life.
But. Change is comng.
I was re-connecting with a friend earlier this week (both of us had been out of touch all summer) and I explained it this way: It's like a went into a tunnel marked "Summer Fun" at the end of May . . . and I'm just now seeing the end of that tunnel.
I let go of a lot of Ordinary Life things this summer.
And now, with the end of that tunnel in clear view, it's time for me to Deal With That.
There are some commitments I just sort of . . . let slide . . . while I was in the tunnel. And now I'm coaxing those elements back into existence. And that ain't easy.
There are other things I . . . put aside . . . during the summer. And I've missed them. It's time to bring them back into my life.
And then there are the things I . . . let go of. Temporarily, I thought. But now that I've been in the tunnel, I don't think I need to pick them up again.
There you have it.
Even though I don't have kids going back to school anymore, or need to get back to a teaching position, or any other seasonal or official "mark" for the end of the summer . . . I'm feeling the pull of Ordinary Life calling me back to routine and commitment and connections.
That's the thing about summer -- and especially a good summer. It brings perspective. A pause. A bit of a re-set.
And I needed that.
(How about you?)