I’m not quite sure where summer went, or how it’s practically mid September already. I feel like summer was a whirlwind, a very good whirlwind, but it went by extremely fast. As much as I’m not ready for it to be over, I’m longing for routine that I always seem to find come fall.
Summer always makes me feel free and breezy, despite the fact that I’m still working and have the same responsibilities as normal, everything just seems more light and carefree. I’m ready for a bit more structure.
My birthday is the first day of fall, and I always appreciate that, because I feel like turning another year older at the same time the leaves are falling and the season is changing forces me to be reflective. I, of course, never feel older on my birthday, but it gives me a chance to sit back and wonder where the last year of my life went.
Since my last birthday I’ve gotten a Master’s degree, finished school and might never return, got a full time job, started my own blog, and began to learn how to exist for the first time with this thing called free time. It has been a very busy year, but it always amazes me how so much can change in just 365 days.
However, despite things changing from year to year, I can always count on the things I look forward to showing up.
As F. Scott Fitzgerald says, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
The colors change.
I can bring out my boots, and scarves, and sweaters.
Sunny but chilly days.
The pumpkin patches start to open.
And once fall hits, the year starts to come flying to a close.
I don’t think that we have to wait until January to set goals and reflect on the year, I think starting in fall makes perfect sense. And that’s what I intend to do.