As the leaves begin to change it has me pondering (yep, I ponder), why do we love fall so? The first leaf to hit the ground and there is a FLOOD of perfectly orchestrated plaid/boots/leggings/scarf/steaming pumpkin latte selfies circulating all social media platforms!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m as excited about fall as the next girl (can I still call myself a girl??? or am I now a ma’am??....ugh, shudder), but it has me wondering WHY? Here’s what I’m thinking: we absolutely love summer, it’s alive and exciting and busy and FUN....but when September hits I think some of us may feel a sense of relief, an audible sigh, as in I CAN just sit in and binge series after series on Netflix, because I don’t need to feel like I simply CANNOT waste such beautiful warm weather doing some sort of shenanigans outside. I think by that point many of us are craving routine and just enough summer chaos has gone by that we feel ready for it. And for those of us with kids we start drooling over the idea of earlier bedtimes, some may have even consulted the Farmer’s Almanac for precise timing of upcoming sunsets ;) So yes, there are some obvious differences between summer and fall, there are benefits to be taken from every season, but we wouldn’t want to be stuck in one season forever....I’m not talking about just the weather here before you all pipe up and start talking about Florida....I’m talking about the state of mind. And I think we can try to incorporate these different states of mind into our lives on a daily basis. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we started each day with the energy and freshness of spring, went through our day with the happy vibes of summer, but also made sure to set aside time for the self-care and relaxation that fall can offer, as well as time for connecting with our loved ones with no distractions like we tend to do more of in the winter? Seems like a balanced approach, a good mix. I will try to remember this positive mindset when I’m scraping built up ice off of my car this winter.
(written while wearing plaid/boots/leggings/scarf....though drinking an Earl Grey)