I'm here now. Let's not get picky.
For tonight's post, I'm going to first include the song that partially inspired me: Heard 'Em Say. The other inspiration came from a conversation with a very good friend of mine--they know who they are.
Well, as we all know, the start of school also coincides with the start of a season, Fall, that not too many people are fond of. This is not to say, that everyone is a part of the Anti-Autumn movement. But aside from the cooler weather, start of school, and end of summer, there are deeper reasons that have turned quite a few against this particular season.
Kanye: They say people in your life are seasons,
And anything that happen is for a reason.
And anything that happen is for a reason.
To many, Autumn not only brings school, but gloomier weather and cloudier skies. The overall tone, is not a very hopeful or happy one. Summer, which we can assume is the season of happiness, swimming pools, BBQs, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, and all that good stuff--is over. What makes it worse, is that for most, summer goes by fairly quick while the rest of the year drags. And if it wasn't enough that the warm weather and good times are coming to end, we are left to a season that involves the life and nature all around us slowly wither away, until we are at Winter's doorstep.
And let's be frank, Winter is the season of death, desolation, and depression. This is the season where the trees and flowers we once climbed and picked, are (sorry T.I.) "Dead and Gone." You don't wake up to birds or see as many wild animals, because they've all gotten the memo that there's nothing left for them until Spring. Spring, is the season where the cycle can restart. Life can start anew. We see the budding plants and fruits starting to come in. The wildlife returns. Everything back on track...oh. And school's almost out.
All things considered, Fall got the worst hand out of all the seasons. Spring is a very sensitive but hopeful season, hence all the crying(rain). Summer is just a party animal. And winter is cold and heartless, so it doesn't really care about what people think. But still, we have Autumn, trying to be liked and enjoyed--but everyone knows it's a precursor to winter. And like most things, the anticipation of something unenjoyable can oft be worse then that "thing," itself. We all know what Autumn signifies the downward spiral towards Winter.
I get it. Really. I do. It's hard to be cheerful and optimistic when everything around is "Fall"-ing apart. [I know it's really lame and cheesy, but I couldn't help myself.] There is actually science that supports the correlation between weather and mood, paralleling colder/drearier weather with sadness. But one thing I urge you to remember is, that it all has a purpose. That there is a bigger picture that we can't see. Yeah, it's not always easy--especially when we let our imaginations, hypotheticals, and worries get the best of us.
The Autumn is leading us to winter, where it does appear that all is lost. but not everything dies. There are plants/trees that soldier on through with minimal resources or support. but year after year, decade after decade, they survive. I've never been a plant, but I can't imagine it's easy to make it through one winter, knowing that it's only a few months until they have to go again. But much like nature, perhaps this time of the year is the time where we realize what's worth keeping in our lives and what we can write off as extraneous. Like the evergreens, we can
By doing so, we can not only shed much of the unneeded burdens we've been shouldering for so long, but perhaps it will put the things that matter to us, in a new light of appreciation. Help us remember that as much as we all have skeletons in our closet and anchors weighing us down, there are aspects of our life that we can be grateful for. As bad as you have it, we don't know how much better that may be than another person's life.
I'm going to close with this:
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”