I am so excited. The weather is finally starting to change. It’s getting chillier in the mornings, you have to wear a jacket all day, pumpkin spice lattes are back in season…what a time to be alive.
Changes in the seasons are some of my favorite times of the year. Of course, having the transition be toward the holiday season always helps, but I can’t imagine living in a location that only sees one temperature and type of weather year-round. That sounds so boring to me. What do you have to look forward to? Another sunny day? No matter where I end up in the future, I want to live somewhere that sees every season.
The weather isn’t the only thing that sees changes during this quarterly transition. I see these times as opportunities to revive yourself and start anew. I’m someone always looking for change and growth, so after a few months of certain weather, I’m ready for something different. It can even take a mental toll feeling like life is stagnant and stuck in a rut. The cooling temperatures remind me of the passing of time, the beauty of nature, and the temporary nature of life itself.
Although nature sees similar patterns every year that we all expect, life itself tends to become much more complicated than four major changes per year. Human changes tend to be more spontaneous and unpredictable. Those who fear change probably don’t mind of the long-term changes in weather because they’re simple to prepare for. Life, on the other hand, has its own ideas in mind. And when it starts to take control, we are left feeling scattered and overwhelmed. It happens to everybody.
But we can at least look to nature for inspiration on how to handle these changes. Obviously we are more complex than trees and other plants, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fascinating teachers. Through every change, their foundational roots are firmly planted. The tree might take on many different appearances over the year, some prettier than others, but it’s just part of being a tree. They bear the burdens of any passing storm. Those that are strong enough will overcome and still stand tall.
I know I’m prone to making life much more complicated than it needs to be. I just automatically overthink every little detail to the point of it ballooning into an unrealistic situation that doesn’t exist (thanks, anxiety). Trees don’t necessarily have much to worry about, but it’s a good reminder that we are another living organism on this planet with these other living organisms. We are all the products of a grand design. Some products just have different functions and capacities to serve our individual purposes.
For trees, this purpose is simply to provide oxygen, seeds, and fruits for others. Our purposes deviate in much different directions. But we still share a common thread. With human advancement and technology, it can easy to forget what nature already provides for us and the lessons it may teach us. We’re constantly looking for answers to our boundless questions. Perhaps the answer is right in our backyards the whole time. Sometimes we just need to step outside and take a breath of fresh air to realize it. Sometimes a quiet moment in nature is the best medicine we can get.
We overwhelm ourselves with the complicated changes in life, whether they be caused by nature, humanity or karma. Rather than a tree simply accepting and taking on any change it experiences, we try to manipulate situations or avoid conflict or any other means we conjure up to handle the daily stress. Trees don’t have minds that can make the conscious decision to “leaf it be” (pun fully intended), but they can inspire us to find our foundation and root system within ourselves and accept change has it comes, enduring through any storm that crosses our path. Does it mean you might have to create random metaphors to make the connection? Probably. That’s the fun part.
The fun part is also every change the passing season brings. Now it’s time for Halloween preparation, flannel Fridays and pumpkin spice flavored everything. Which all of these commercially based changes are fun to see, don’t forget all of the changes we’ll be experiencing in the coming months. How amazing is it that the leaves’ pigment turns into rich colors, that awakening feeling of a crisp autumn morning, that wonderful feeling of holding a warm beverage in your hands or putting on a cozy sweater to comfort in the chilly transition?
Life is so amazing and beautiful. Even the parts that aren’t as appealing. Maybe they’re changes we weren’t expecting or events happening differently than you had planned. It’s all for a purpose we ourselves cannot immediately fathom. But everything works out as it should. And if you are struggling to accept that, always know that the next season of life is just around the corner. The current moment might not be ideal, but this too shall pass. The coldest, dreariest days can still provide a little sunshine and warmth if you look for it.
But a pumpkin spice latte also helps in that regard. Did I mention the Halloween-themed Oreos, too? Those are also fantastic. Autumn is just exciting. Life is exciting. What a blessed world we live in.
Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie