It’s September and starting to be a little cooler outside (at least in the midwest). I can’t remember the last time it was in the 60’s all day, but I’m not complaining about a nice break from and possibly an end to sweltering summer temperatures that characterized the last few months. Obviously, the drop in temperatures is one of many things that we associate with the transition from summer to autumn and I, for one, won’t complain about it until at least November.
To me, the arrival of fall means so much more to me than a simple change in temperatures. I find it invigorating and productive as well as peaceful and lighthearted. However, the thing I find most interesting is the nostalgia I’ve built up around the final months of the year. It’s not difficult for me to shut my eyes and think of the camping trips, football games, and 10 hour skateboarding sessions I’ve experienced over the years. I love recalling the crisp Saturday mornings when I was in college when I’d wake up to the sound of the marching band parading through campus, have brunch and get on over to Ross-Ade stadium to catch my beloved Purdue Boilermaker’s 12 o’clock kickoff. I love reflecting on the fall campouts my boy scout troop used to have. I can vividly remember the crunch of the leaves on the ground as we hiked to who knows where.
This fall, however, is a little different for me than ones in the past. A significant reason for that is the fact that I’m not in school anymore. I don’t have to worry about studying for tests, making it to class on time, or writing papers, so I feel a little more freedom and a slower pace to life. Consequently I’m excited to be able to concentrate on really enjoying autumn, not just going through it. I also feel a sense of hope this fall that I haven’t in years’ past. I’m not really sure why that is, I just have a hunch that a lot of good things lie ahead.
Perhaps you too have fond memories of fall or share the sense of hope that I’ve been fortunate to experience this fall. If you don’t, maybe you’ll start creating those fond memories this fall and come away with an invigorated spirit. As with all seasons of life, fall isn’t guaranteed to go smoothly, but at least it’s an opportunity. What do you plan to do with it? How will you make the most of it?