October has slipped into November. 70 degrees has changed to 40. The general law school attitude has changed from distant thoughts of finals to panic because finals are now only a month away, and a month cannot possibly be long enough. I want the break to come quickly so that I can see my brothers and sisters in Mississippi, go to Maine, celebrate the holidays, and rest. But at the same time, I am scared of what I face until then, and while I would consider myself more emotionally stable than a lot of people at this point, I'm just saying. If I could get a hold of Hermione's time-turner, I would be totally down with that.
But the times, they are a-changin', and if I have been in denial about that at all, I have had this tree to remind me. I pass it every day, on the way to school and back. And it's as good an example as any that
The leaves have changed,
changed some more,
and finally fallen.
Can a girl get a pause button around these parts? Where does the time (and the leaves!) go?
But that's the challenge, isn't it? We want life to speed up, we want life to slow down, but regardless of our personal desires and wishes life goes on. The only real choice is to go on with it. So here's to embracing the changin' times - the new month (although I will always and forever mourn the end of October), the colder weather, the barren trees, even the studying. It will all be beautiful in its own way, regardless of what anyone tries to tell us.
Even still - if you want to find me a time-turner or a pause button for the sake of my Contracts exam... I'm just throwing that out there. This may be the hardest month and a half of my life to date, but tonight, at least, I think I'm feeling up for the challenge. Outlining, flashcard making, tea, and apple pie await...
come gather 'round people wherever you roam
and admit that the waters around you have grown
and accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone,
if your time to you is worth savin',
then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone
for the times, they are a-changin'...