I have always viewed September as the month of newness – a time for change, a new chance at life, and time to revive one’s aspirations about life. The air is often fresher and much more pleasant to breathe. Everything appears plenty times more wonderful at the beginning of spring: smiles seem brighter and the hair bounces to a more vibrant rhythm. For this reason, September is without a doubt my favourite month of the year, and not just because it is my birthday month.
When I look back at the last few years of my life, it is interesting, but not surprising, that I have made some of the most critical and life-changing decisions during this month. Be it leaving an unfulfilling relationship, pursuing a new one, cutting my hair, considering a career change, or refocusing my goals for all-round wellbeing. This year, despite being in the northern hemisphere and it being the beginning of autumn, September seems to follow a similar trend as it always has in the south of the globe. As I stare at my life clock fast approaching 28, I have, yet again, made critical life decisions. I have never really been afraid of change, at least change that I subject myself to and to which I am able to maintain some kind of control. I love change. I love opening myself to the promise of newness.
However, I have had to learn that we are not all so adverse to change and risk in general. Some people, for various personal reasons, are not fond of stepping outside of their comfort zones – business or personal. Some people are not readily keen to let go of old ideas, or move in new directions. Fortunately, our team at Mbewu comprises of individuals whose personal and professional life choices are a testament that as a collective, we are indeed about change, about moving into new directions, challenging the status quo, forming new ideas, and constantly seeking new experiences from which to learn and grow. This month, while I waited till the very last minute to decide to stay in Milan, Lindi and Nswana reached the end of their journey in the UK and returned home to South Africa. Meanwhile, Thabisa will be going in the opposite direction to pursue her studies in London. I couldn’t be prouder of these ladies and their stern dedication to growth and change. My hope for each of us (and the greater Mbewu Community) is that our lives will continue to fold and unfold beautifully as we step on and off the path for which we’re destined.