“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”Shira Tamir
On Monday, September 23rd, the summer ended with the autumn equinox (Latin for “equal night”) which officially marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The nights are going to be longer than the day.
Watching the colours of leaves turn to yellow, orange and red; starting to enjoy hot drinks which made you sweat in summer, now warming you nicely; with the temperatures going down a little, knowing that the next electricity bill will be lower now that you use less and less your air conditioner, instead enjoy the fresh and cool air coming from your window. These are all the aspects of autumn that I like and cherish every year.
With the elimination of haze coming from the warm earth all summer long, in September, even the sky looks a different, more vibrant blue. The ritual of replacing the lighter clothes with warmer and cozier ones in your wardrobes and drawers gets scheduled on one of the weekend days. Seeing a piece of clothing that you have forgotten about from last winter enlightens your day, making you feel like you have just bought it, it is brand new.
Although the arrival of autumn creates a slight feeling of melancholy within us, in reality, it is harvest time and should be celebrated. These are productive, social and active times that we collect the awards of feverish works we have accomplished during spring and summer. Most people feel down and depressed because the season turns into autumn, which will soon turn into winter. But every season has its pluses and minuses, they are all beautiful and deserve appreciation.
Instead of complaining about it, for once, let us embrace the autumn. Go for a walk in nature, examine the colours, shapes, appreciate the fresh air, end of summer holidays, beginning of a busier season which comes with its special surprises, social gatherings and connections.
Remember: every day is a gift.