Every year you can tell when fall begins to roll around the corner because of the trees changing colors and the new chill in the air. Students settle into their class schedules and begin counting the days till holiday break.
Fall smells like Thanksgiving dinner and pumpkin pies. Fall looks like family gathered in a small living room sharing stories. This season sounds like crunchy leaves and feels like stores getting ready for winter holiday decorations way too early.
I love this time of year, but not just because of the food and days off from school, though that’s pretty amazing too. Fall reminds me to look back on how far we’ve all come. 11 months into 2022 and one month away from something new. Fall reminds me to be grateful for all that I’ve been able to accomplish, from big goals I set in January, to small goals I set last week.
I think back to hard times I’ve had in school or at work and smile knowing I made it through. We’ve grown so much this year, even if it wasn’t easy. Every day we’ve gotten a new chance to start again and find light and positivity.
As fall rolls around and I’m surrounded again with food and family, I remind myself how grateful I am to be here. How thankful I am to be able to express my love for life through art and be surrounded by a community that believes in me.
So as these cold months settle in and the days begin to feel shorter, give yourself time to stop and remember all that you have to be grateful for. From food and family, to art and community.
Here at ArtsEdNJ, while we are thankful to have a platform to uplift and promote arts education throughout this state, we are even more grateful for the way you all continuously inspire us each day with who you are, what you create, and how you advocate.
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