Saturday, September 13, 2014
Shifting from Summer to Fall
It is clearly turning to Autumn here, although we are still having a warmer and dryer than normal September here in the PNW. But the trees are turning, the geese are flying overhead, and the school buses are once again driving down our rural road. It's Fall.
Letting go of Summer is bittersweet, as always. I always find myself regretting that I didn't do more during Summer, and not because I am a slacker and don't take advantage of the season. The problem is that Summer just seems like such a season of Vast Possibilities. I expect that I will Camp, Hike, Garden, Read a Whole Stack of Books, Travel, Do Home Improvement ... all while Living Slow With My Feet Up. Clearly summer (which realistically is only 2 1/2 months long) cannot live up to these contradictory expectations.
Then there is Fall. Even when the weather is still nice, there gets to a smell in the air. This smell is the smell of Better Get Busy. In contrast to Summer which seems endless while you are in it, Autumn comes with a ticking clock and is clearly an end-between time. It is a time of preparations. Preparations for the coming Winter, of course. If that home improvement project didn't get done during the summer, now there is a rush to finish it before the Winter comes. And if you want to camp or hike this year, better do it Now before the snows in the mountains.
The sense of Time Slipping By, of Opportunity that must be Grasped Now, is actually more comfortable for me than the seemingly endless Forever of summer. In this season, I am not tempted to put my feet up but am instead filled with crisp industry. Now I know that the winter is coming, and that will be a time of enforced quiet and rest. Before that happens I just need to get stuff done!