Hi hello and welcome to this week’s Friday Open Thread, where no matter what else is happening in your life or in the world I can promise that you’re doing great. Here, have some hummus!
I know it’s technically still summer and also over 100 degrees outside my apartment in Los Angeles right now but the September long weekend to me always feels like the start of fall. Maybe it’s forever back-to-school energy or maybe it’s Virgo season or maybe it’s all the hope of a new month and also an upcoming long weekend. No one really ever sees summer as the darkest season but, for me at least, summers are always limbo and fall is where things really get moving. Summers are for sleeping and fall is for forward movement.
Certain seasons carry memories, they carry weight, they carry more than the sum of their calendar pages. What do you think of when you think of fall? What do you think of when you think of falling?
Some months the calendar is a page you turn past and others it’s a series of days to trip over. I trip over a lot between August and October, and in the coming week especially. Is this the darkest timeline? Was that one? What dreams are real? More than anything, I want to stop asking “what now?” and start answering it.
(For anyone keeping tabs, I did not answer it with a $100 shower curtain but I did take myself to IKEA last Saturday night after an afternoon of poolside day-drinking and I have no regrets.)
Anyway what’s new, what’s up, did you get a haircut? What are you doing this weekend? Who are you
doing this weekend doing it with? Are you ever too old or too long out of school to back to school shop? Is it ridiculous to want pineapple sticky notes as a fully grown adult human who also never really uses physical paper except in situations where post-its would be unnecessary? Actually can we talk about how pineapples seem to be everywhere right now and while I’m not opposed to the aesthetic I don’t understand where it came from? How was that work thing? How was Tuesday night? How’s your cat? How’s your garden? What did you finally let go of this week? What did you finally decide to hold on to? What are your goals, your dreams, your visions? When you fall, where do you land? When you land, where do you jump next?
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