It’s autumn. School has started for the kids in my neighborhood. I’ve gone back to school, myself – taking free online courses. I took one during the summer, which was interesting, and am now studying another topic. I don’t think I ever minded school, except math. I don’t like math. I’m bad at it. That is one reason I gave up on being an astronomer – I simply couldn’t do the math.
It won’t be long before the leaves change and the air will grow colder. The new TV shows will be starting up, here in the States, although that is less of a big deal now. We have a fall TV season, a winter TV season and a summer TV season, now, because of cable. Brand new shows are still a big event for most Americans. We’re strange like that.
The weather is cooling off after the heat of the summer, something I, personally, do not enjoy. I don’t mind the heat. The cold I mind. I dislike it. The apple orchards will be doing a good business, and the cider mills are open for business as well. The only problem is the traffic around the cider mills is horrific. Still, fresh cider and donuts are a fond memory from my childhood. Perhaps that is why I’m fat. Still, it is a good memory.
The leaves will fall and the trees will be bare against the sky. They look better in their fall colors against the blue sky, but that won’t last. Once the leaves turn, they will fall shortly afterwards. It’s a bit depressing, but it is a part of life. You can’t have an up without a down.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t hate autumn. I just like summer better. Fall signals that the year is winding down. Halloween is next month, and NaNoWriMo is just around the corner in November. I’m ready for NaNoWriMo, but not for Halloween. We have to wait and buy the candy just before Halloween; otherwise, we’d eat it ourselves. That’s another reason why I’m fat.
To me, autumn is the time when things slow down a bit, as the air gets cool. It’s not the same as the slowdown in summer when things are relaxed. It’s more like a letdown, but not really, because the autumn has it won joys, but still, we look back longingly at summer or with anticipation to winter – for those who are winter sports fans. Autumn always seems to get the short shrift. It’s the time for harvesting, which may or may not be good. This year I think it is a mixed bag here in Michigan; the summer weather was not good. We had rain at the wrong times and baking heat at the wrong time.
I guess autumn is the time for reflection. Some people leave that for the end of the year, but that last week, with Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and New Year’s Day. I’m sure that I am missing a holiday in there, but you get the idea. There is too much hustle and bustle for quiet reflection. That’s what I use autumn for. Looking back and thinking about it. Towards the end of it, I begin reflecting about the future. It’s better to think about the future, you can still shape it while the past is done. It can’t be changed – good or bad. So take a minute this fall and think about where your life has been and where you want it to be. Then shape your future.