September Push
Monday, September 3, 2012
Marcia in Fall, September, energy

To this day, I associate the month of September with burgundy argyle, knee-high socks, thick issues of Seventeen magazine, and the sweet smoky smell of decaying leaves. It’s back to school time.

I’ve sort of been in school all summer, in a way, teaching teenagers for eight weeks. There is, however, a different energy to teaching in the summer, in the fall, winter and spring.

I had planned on keeping on with my blog entries over the summer, but life has a way of throwing curveballs, and sometimes life gets one of those tennis ball shooting machines to pelt you consistently until you holler uncle. Uncle. UNCLE!

Since June I have been teaching: Pilates, writing, teaching how to teach. Teaching myself how to keep in balance. I’ve been thinking a lot about Energy, and what it is, how we spend it, how we earn it, how we retain it.

September is a time of change. The first law of Thermodynamics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only changed. And at a time when trees drop their leaves, when we don more clothes, when the light starts to get stingy and, I think, as we get older, we are more aware of our mortality, our trajectory, our productivity. What is energy, as it relates to our bodies, our metal and physical health, our live goals, our happiness? Where does it come from, where does it go, and can we get more?

Every week this month I’ll be blogging on Energy. And tonight, that starts with some sleep. Tomorrow, classes begin, and I’m coming into a room of 18 mostly freshman students with all my passion for literature and writing and learning on high. Stay tuned.

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