The First Monday in October

With all the ruckus these days in the news, you may think this has to do with the latest SCOTUS nominee.

United States Supreme Court building by Joe Ravi, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Not this time.

October 1st is my ‘dog whistle’ signalling the end of Summer and the start of the 4th quarter.

This month contains some of my favorite weather days of the year. I can still take the top down, enjoy copious amounts of sunshine, get a little color on my face, and feel an underlying chill in the air on a 77F day.

It’s a month for planning – or, should I say, continuing to adjust my plan. It’s like New Years Day, without the hangovers and resolution-y stuff.

It’s a time that I sometimes ask ‘Didn’t this year just fly by?’

It’s a signal that the days are getting shorter, by which I mean that there are still 24 hours in a day but they have more compulsory events – be they legal, societal or familial.

I love this month for so many reasons and the one I relate most to is the feeling.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

I’ll enjoy my days a little more, work harder to finish the last calendar days of 2018 strong, and worry less about these pesky ‘what ifs’.

Our Supreme Court may be taking the next nine months to deliberate on the cases before it; I just don’t have the time to sit on my ass and ponder my days away.

Thank you, October.

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