At a time of serious writer's block and in contemplation of what to write for this post, I turned to my trusty friend-- Google. I typed in 'Fall feeling' somewhat jokingly, not thinking it would yield many fruitful results. But what I came across was actually quite interesting! Article after article appeared on my screen. All chronicles of people around the world describing what Fall felt like to them. A familiar yet brand-new feeling. Anticipatory nostalgia. Oddly intimate. A season of choices, of determining which way life will go. The end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Waiting. Leaving behind what is comfortable in exchange for moving forward. Every account poured over the details -- somehow hoping their use of descriptors would crystallize their experience of just what exactly Fall is.
To me, Fall is transition. It is a time that encourages re-evaluation. A mini 'New Year', if you will. I have realized that I can spend a Summer doing pretty much anything or living just about anywhere without asking myself the deeper questions that continue me on the path to growth. Though with great predictability, every year the kids go back to school and a sense of rhythm falls over the town. And I am prompted to review what is working for me and what is not. In the past, this has been uncomfortable-- to say the very least. I mean, who likes confrontation?? But after going through this process a few years in a row, I have concluded that this very discomfort is what has led me to growth. So this year, I intend to greet Autumn's cold bite with a warm welcome. I'm ready for you. You may be uncomfortable but I know what lies waiting for me if I have the courage to look.