Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Today marks two important milestones that happen every year: the beginning of the school year and the conclusion of the Jewish faith’s new year celebration, Rosh Hashanah. Across the Country millions of five- to 18-year-olds and observers of the Jewish Faith are experiencing a period of reflection and new beginnings as they embark on a new year. Contrary to popular belief, the young and the faithful do not have a monopoly on the pursuit of self-realization, everyone deserves chance at a fresh start and they shouldn’t have to wait until December and wear novelty sunglasses where the eyes are the zeroes Rosh Hashanah is actually one of four ‘new year’s in the Jewish tradition (if you don’t believe me, Google it) and it’s the new year of people, animals and legal contracts.
Take some time this weekend to pet a dog and let it know that it’s perfect the way it is. Maybe curl up in your Snuggie and read the ‘terms and conditions’ of your iTunes or Facebook account and then take some time for you. Parents have gotten their first taste of the morning breakfast/bus/work routine, those of us without children have gotten speeding tickets in and around school zones and still ended up behind the slowest school bus on the road on the way to work. One thing we have in common is that we haven’t had a moment to stop and check in with ourselves. Sunday, after football and before bed, revisit your new years resolutions, remember those? Neither do I, but there’s no better time than now to come up with a few “what’s left of the year” resolutions.
By now a few things in the lives of MTV’s target demographic have happened for sure: a high school freshman has spent a significant amount of time looking for stairs to ‘the third floor’ or pool that don’t actually exist, an elementary school child has cried and then fallen asleep in class (I’m looking at you kindergartners) and 99.9% of students spent the morning admiring their fresh back-to-school clothes in the mirror. Over the years I’ve tried not to acknowledge the existence of cast of MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ but the Situation and Pauly D did provide mainstream America with a few words to live by: “Look good, feel good, play good.” No one embodies the spirit of those words more than a child walking around puddles on the way to the bus to ensure that their shoes stay icy white.
Take a page out of the childhood/Jersey Shore playbook this weekend and set aside some time to look fresh. You don’t have to go out and buy that new pair of British Knights of Pro Keds (though it helps), but do your hair and throw on a fresh outfit for that grocery run, or maybe wear a shirt when you mow the lawn-the sky’s the limit even if you have to start on the ground floor.
One does not have to have a special day marked on a calendar or the resources to ‘Billy Madison’ oneself and repeat every year or school in order to take time in to reflect and regroup in the fall. Taking a mental inventory of goals and conditions can be refreshing and help you refocus and while the weather will soon be cooling you can think of this time like Spring Cleaning, except all of the cleaning is emotional so there’ s way less heavy lifting.
Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at email@example.com.