When I was younger September, rather than the 1st of January, always meant the start of a new year. As the leaves changed colours and the nights became cooler I would become more and more excited for what was to come. September always felt like the promise of something new.

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While it’s been two years since I went back to school, I still feel the same excitement that I did when I was younger. The last two years have been filled with moving…a lot, changing jobs… a lot and reflecting, you guessed it…a lot. Would I go back and change those last two years? Absolutely not. Why? Because as Heraclitus said, “the only thing that is constant is change”. All of those experiences and changes have shaped me into the person that I am today. Without the will to make a change I would likely be unhappy and I would not have experienced personal growth through trial and error.

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As I mentioned I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and all of these thoughts came full circle on a walk that I took just the other day on the Trans Canada Trail. Some of the leaves were starting to turn, I had been brainstorming all morning for exciting fall projects and the weather reminded me so much of a hot September day on the school yard.

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I couldn’t help but also be reminded of a movie that I used to watch sometimes on Labour Day weekend with my family, Stand By Me. This was in large part due to the fact that I was determined to see Double’s Trestle Bridge located just inside the border of Orange Corners and once I got there I was instantly reminded of the Trestle Bridge scene in Stand  By Me.

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While the coming of age story about 4 young boys may not appear to be very relatable to a young adult female, I couldn’t help but resonate with the change these kids craved or their undeniable hope for something better.

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I mean even some of their little side conversations have all been questions we’ve asked ourselves or our friends one time our another…

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And if anyone gives you a hard time about just tell them to piss up a rope! But in all seriousness I think the point that I am trying to make here is that there is going to be a time in your life where there is a promise of something new. You might question it, be excited about it or you might be afraid of it, but don’t back away from it. Embrace the change and believe enough in yourself to cross that trestle bridge when you get there.

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Yours truly,

Melissa Alyse

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