August 31, 2002
Is completion always accompanied by sadness, or is that my unique phenomenon? Finishing tasks and responsibilities feels good: getting something out of the way, a sense of personal triumph, the ability to move on to something new, relief over goals accomplished. But isn’t it often tinged with melancholy? Can it also feel bad: a challenge no longer before you, a desire to be doing again what you’d been successfully doing before, nostalgia over what was and won’t be again? I’m delighted that August is over and September ahead. But these words are my children and they’re already off to school.