The Month

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September. The academic benchmark of a new year.

A time which used to signify the prospect of a crisp, new uniform, an unreasonable level of concern over pencil cases and the feeling of dread surrounding homework.

This September, I’ve realised (like most), that there’ll be no more school ties to keep me looking smart, no new pens to improve my writing and no fresh teachers to do the job of inspiring me. All that I have leftover this month is a yearning for carnivals gone by and the summer holiday that I never had.

I feel like it’s time for change, or at the very most, a new year’s resolution. This is probably because I’ve somehow fallen out of sync with the rest of the post-education, adult, population and have refused to let go of this month as the beginning of a new year. I feel like it’s a time to be honest, to start learning again and to make promises; much like I’ve felt every Michaelmas since nursery school.

So, with the changing of seasons, as the leaves begin to drop, so does the tempo in the capital and the slog to save for Christmas begins. And moreso than ever, I have realised that hard work really does pay off. I’m not sure why after seventeen years of education, it has taken me one year of not being educated to realise this, but the penny has finally dropped. I have achieved what I have thus far by learning and that doesn’t have to change because I am no longer a student. I’ve rediscovered the importance of surrounding myself with people who I can learn from, finding books that entertain me and learning a language despite the slog.

So seeing as our parents have forever banged on about our schooldays being the best of our lives, we should probably head back to them and start a new year all of our own instead of dwelling over our post-summer slumps.

And why wait until January?

Happy New Year.


  1. accidentallondoner September 3, 2012 / 9:18 am

    Agreed; September still feels like the beginning (or end!) of something, despite the fact I’ve been out of the school term mindset for years. Funny that, eh? I admire all the positive energy you’re bringing to this September – I hope it brings its rewards!

    • thelondonladybird September 3, 2012 / 11:08 am

      thanks! i do try. no point in being negative is there?

      plus, the sun is most definitely shining in the capital, isn’t it!? x

  2. thelondonladybird September 3, 2012 / 8:39 am

    Glad you agree Jenni! I hope Monday morning hasn’t tarnished your “get up and go” attitude too much x

  3. Jenni Fogg September 2, 2012 / 6:42 pm

    Yes! This is how I feel. Every September my new year will start regardless of whether I’m a student – it’s always going to remind me of starting afresh and ‘this year I’ll work hard’, much more so than January anyway!

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