in the collective imagination, fall begins on september 1. i adhere to this despite the common knowledge that “fall” in LA means, “wide-spread fire,” “stifling heat,” and “air so crackly you’re convinced you’ll spontaneously combust.”
plus, inexplicably, many LA kids went back to school weeks ago, which is demoralizing on grounds of tradition. what happened to Labor Day marking the end of summer? is nothing sacred west of the Colorado? still, faux fall is here.
while it’s not the brisk season of renewal i knew and loved, i’ve accepted my adopted one. theoretically, the fires are cleansing, burning off residue to make space for newness.
in light of this purification concept, i reevaluated my physical surroundings, including my workspace. i jot down inspirational reminders and have pinned them to the corkboard above my desk for a while.
yet because they’re anchored in place, telling the same message, often in faded ink, none of them register any more. i see through the very things intended to stop me in my tracks and inspire.
in honor of a new season, it’s time to make conscious decisions. we can collect and curate all we want, but if we aren’t aware of our surroundings and renewing, revisiting, and reevaluating them, they might as well not exist.
intent on switching it up, i cleared the board. predictably, once it was empty i saw dark squares and rectangles marking the outlines of the papers that stayed past their time.
staring at the empty board i realized,
we want the mental equivalent of an even-hued corkboard.
meaning, mind space where none of the ideas, quotes, or messages get too comfortable in any spot because they are always shifting. and you’re in control of their dynamism or stagnation.
sure, you’ll have a few fixed items, but the others should migrate. (yet another fall image!)
another corkboard buzz kill were the dopey purple star-shaped pushpins i used, which did nothing for personal morale. i wanted adult, silver, normal-shaped ones but the stars were on clearance and in an uncharacteristic move, i decided they were too cheap to leave behind.
after a quick internet search, i decided to replace them with 100 white pushpins from Poppin for $5. i’m picking them up from Staples tomorrow. official and sleek, they’re my back-to-school-of-life present to myself.
in honor of fall, how can you renew your interest in your surroundings to spark inspiration, awareness, and creativity?
what can you repurpose, rearrange, update, remove, edit, burn, delete, expunge?
i stripped the board yesterday and it’s still empty. i like it. who knows, maybe i’ll only fill it with new items and ideas i collect moving forward.
into the fire!
what are your fall rituals or traditions? tell me in the comments!
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