As I began my somewhat lengthy journey to work Tuesday morning, I reached the top of the road and noticed the traffic light was actually functioning as opposed to its usual incessant blinking. Accustom to the blinking I almost barreled through the red light to make my way into the intersection but at the last moment it hit me that the light was red, and because the light was red that meant school was officially back in session. I’ve seen a few fellow bloggers posting about back to school, and you’d think that the hundreds of back to school TV commercials would have registered with me, but no, for me it took a red traffic light to realize what time of year it was.
Now that I’m no longer in school, I often find myself missing school. Not the homework and exams part or that feeling of being so stressed I could rip my hair out, but just the experience. Walking into class everyday to be greeted by friends, making new friends each year or semester, and having that awesome network of people around you who are passionate about the same things you are. Most of all, I miss back to school shopping. It was always such an event for me growing up and I looked forward to spending hours laying out potential first day of school outfits (like those amazing ones you see above).
Reflecting on all of this, I’ve had a hard time accepting that certain parts of life, like going back to school, are just over. I’ve been there done that with college life, and I can’t use back to school as an excuse to spend obscene amounts of money on clothing anymore (read: I can’t get my mom to buy me stuff anymore). While understanding this has been a hard part of growing up for me, I’ve also realized that for every part of life that’s over, I’ve opened up space for new parts to begin. I may not get to back to school shop, but that can translate into adult life by treating myself to a new outfit for a job interview, right? And while I had to leave college, it allowed me to make my arrival into adulthood where already I’ve grown so much.
So while I may be a little blue about back to school, I’m feeling ready to greet that traffic light each and every morning, because without all of those years of going back to school I certainly wouldn’t be where I’m at now.