Can you believe the year is almost over? I was strolling down Broadway last week listening to music watching the leaves literally fall out of the trees and thinking to myself just how much I love autumn in New York. I then realized that daylight savings time is just around the bend and we will be welcoming winter into our lives very soon.
I don’t know about you, but the older I get it seems the faster time flies. It feels like just yesterday I was on a March vacation with my mother and best friend in Mexico, a trip I will remember fondly for my lifetime. Or just yesterday I was imploring you readers to vote in the June and then the August primaries. Hopefully you have already participated in early voting and if not, you plan to vote on November 8th, no matter what city you live in. There are important races in literally every city and at almost every level of power. Please, please, please make a plan to vote and encourage others to do so.
November always has a peculiar feel to it. On the one hand, I am excited about the holidays. I am preparing for Thanksgiving with family members and I am beginning to get ready for the Christmas season. On the other hand, November reminds me that the year is almost behind us and any unfinished projects or goals need to be handled in just a short period of time. November has an odd anticipatory feel as well as a sense of finality to it as well. Possibly the autumn transitions exemplify what the month is truly about.
This is also a month when we need to check in with friends and family who are missing those they’ve lost, those who struggle with food addictions since so much of the holiday season revolved around food, and those who have complicated or abusive relationships with family members they may be forced to interact with over the holidays. We must keep these people in our minds as we navigate the next two months.
Lastly, don’t forget to “fall back” and change your clocks in the next few days. Clocks change back one hour at 2 a.m. on Nov. 6 as we prepare for the winter months. Each day after we set our clocks back, daylight will shorten until the winter solstice on Wednesday, Dec. 21. I guess that means we need to rise a bit earlier if we want to take advantage of the little bit of sun we’ll have for the remaining winter months.
Whatever you choose to do in November, make a plan to see friends and loved ones, remember COVID is still very much real, and get some rest for the holiday season.
Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC and host of The Blackest Questions podcast at TheGrio.