by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA
I love this time of year! And I love it for more than the crisp evening air, the color changes in the trees and the appearance of Autumn decorations in the stores. I love the promise and excitement that hangs in the air as we move through the Back to School season.
The excitement that children and parents of all ages carry with them this time of year is a combination of things: the anticipation of the new school year, the happiness at reconnecting with friends, some trepidation about the content of classes or the workload and at least for parents – the realization that another year has passed and the kids are growing up.
I think I enjoy Back to School each year because it gives me the opportunity to put my pens and pencils in order, to open a new notebook and to clear out my backpack – so to speak. It’s as if the world gives a shout-out to all of us – not just the kids going back to school – that it’s a good time for a return to getting serious about what we know now, and what we need to learn in the coming year.
In a previous blog I wrote about the importance of lifelong learning. For Coders, continuing the education process that began in school is critical to staying on top of the profession, and yet sometimes it can feel as though we’ve fallen into a rut. That’s why I love the opportunity to join in the excitement of the Back to School rush. It helps to re-energize me, to remind me that learning is fun and that each new year holds the promise of new friends, new knowledge and new adventures.
Now that Labor Day has passed and school students have used those new pencils, written in the new notebooks and filled the colorful new folders with papers; I plan to take some time to look at what lies ahead for me in terms of learning and my career. Those colorful folders, pencils and notebooks have all moved to the discount rack, and the rush on Back to School items has subsided as classrooms across the country are once again filled with students.
I’ll be heading to the store after work to get a couple notebooks and a folder or two as I ponder my year ahead, and the adventures and learning that await. There’s a folder, some pencils and a notebook waiting for you, too. I invite you to join me in reorganizing and reenergizing for the year ahead.
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