Well, it finally feels like autumn here in Portland, Oregon: pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu at Starbucks, the leaves are turning red and gold…and the rain is pouring down.
But I have to admit that I love this season, rain and all. I get that old “back-to-school” feeling. I think back to buying school supplies when I was young, and going shopping for new school clothes with my kids when they were young. I get that burst of energy that makes me feel like something exciting is just about to start. I think we all do, and students—whether they’re in kindergarten or college—are lucky to be able to ride that wave of energy into the classroom. But as adults, especially if we’re not working in education, it can be hard to know how to channel this feeling, and we’re left feeling antsy and unfulfilled.