New school year, new dreams

College building with fountain in front of it.

A new school year always makes me reflect on my hopes and dreams. (Photo by Cynthia Price)

Students are back on campus. I love their energy and expectation.

And because I work on campus, that energy and expectation spills over. I think about this time of year as a new beginning.

If I was just entering college, what would I want to be when I grow up? What experiences would I want to have?

It’s a great exercise and provides me an opportunity to reflect on what I’ve done and what I still aspire to achieve.

When is the last time you reflected on your dreams?

The other weekend I saw the movie “Ricki and the Flash.” The main character was talking with her ex-husband who said he thought family was her dream. Ricki, of course, also wanted a music career. Her response? “Why can’t I have both?”

I love that line.

If you have not been fortunate to reach your dreams or have the experiences you thought you would have, now is as good a time as any to recalibrate.

Maybe you need to set some funds aside for that dream trip.

Maybe it’s time to sign up for a class to learn how to start your own business.

Maybe it’s time to drop an activity that is not bringing you any pleasure.

The start of the school year is filled with the promise of expectation. We are never too old to start learning or dreaming.

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