The month of September has always held a captivating significance for me. It marks a time where we are granted the ability to completely reinvent ourselves.
Year after year, the sight of shopping depots spilling with school supplies and obnoxious back to school banners has always beckoned an inevitable inspiration within me for a new beginning. I’d fill up my cart with trendy clothing items, endless amounts of straightly lined paper and brightly coloured pens; each item promising the brink of a fresh start that will be different and even more amazing than the last. September marked the beginning of a year that was blank and clean and yet to be tainted by anything at all.
This September I pulled up to the familiar, calming sanctuary I have called my home for the past 3 years with a bittersweet pang in my chest. This time around, a new beginning wasn’t as uncomplicated and transparent as the previous years. I pulled up to my promised pristine September with an ending looming all too soon over my head. Call me overly sentimental but I felt some serious premature nostalgia for all things fourth year. The place that was once so unfamiliar to me was now splattered with memories on every corner and taunted a goodbye buried within a fresh start.
As fourth year came knocking faster than expected, I realized that my new beginning marked the painfully true fact that my days of University are numbered. As much as I try to brush it off, I can’t help but give merit to the lingering voice in the back of my mind whispering to appreciate every moment of this ever-ticking final year.
Above is my final first-day-of-school outfit to encapsulate my last new beginning. It’s reassuring to take a step back and appreciate the simplicity and excitement of a first day of school ensemble.
Although this may be the final year, I’ve realized I can’t allow the imminent passing of time to overlook my September. We still have time to be whoever we want to be and take full advantage of one last opportunity to leave a mark. To take every moment as they come and say yes to every opportunity that could change our lives.
If you ask me, the magic of September feels especially strong this year.