Well, here we are. The end of Summer. The air holds a chill in the mornings, and I’ve seen a few leaves flutter to the ground. Even though I’ve been out of the school system for years, I still feel the urge to grab my back pack and fill it with binders and pencils and trek on down the road to meet some people who will teach me stuff. These people will be as much at the front of the class as they will be at the desks all around me, of course. I miss the purpose of being a student. As a student, you are celebrated as a person who wants to better themselves through the pursuit of a higher education. As a post-school adult in (or out of) the workforce, that admiration and encouragement seems to come to a grinding halt, and instead the feedback you receive has a you-made-your-bed-you-lay-in-it tone. It’s unfortunate we can’t keep celebrating and encouraging each other as students post-school. We’re all still learning, aren’t we? I like the idea that life is about finding lessons everyday, even if that means taking a tumble and being pushed around sometimes. The biggest lesson I’ve learned lately? That life and humanity are inherently good, it’s just a matter of keeping your eye out for it. And a good place to begin your search is in the mirror.