Fall: A Fresh Start
Fall. Just saying that word conjures up memories of reading Harry Potter, stepping on every crunchy leaf, carving pumpkins, the smell of cheap Halloween costumes, candy, hot chocolate, and apple picking. It’s considered one of the most beautiful times of year and is a favorite of most people, especially your average Ugg-wearing, Starbucks drinking, Instagram loving girl.
However, there is another side to fall that people rarely talk about. This time of year always reminds me of how fast time moves, and the fact that nothing is ever really permanent. Things change, people come and go, and the events of our lives happen and then they’re over. Seasons are constantly changing and so are we.
With the dying of the leaves comes the opportunity to let go of things that might be holding you back, and start fresh. This is a time to let go of past resentments, mistakes, insecurities, and bad memories. This is a time for self reflection and introspection. This is a time for a new and improved you.
So, where can you start?
While I was living in Ecuador one of the New Years Eve traditions they practiced gave me some inspiration. At midnight, they burn a puppet as a symbol of getting rid of the bad and welcoming the new. On a piece of paper, they would write down all the things they wanted to let go of from the past year and burn it in the fire with the puppet.
During the fall season there is no shortage of bonfires, fire pits, and fire places so put these to use. Make a list of all the things you feel are currently holding you back that you want to let go of. You can even make this a special occasion; have some drinks and make a toast to a fresh start! Throw all those negative things into the fire and watch them burn away, physically and metaphorically.
Get to Know Yourself
Fall is the absolute best time for a walk in the forest. The trees look absolutely stunning, the air is crisp, and the world gets quiet. It’s almost as if Mother Nature is wrapped up in a blanket, sitting by the fire, and drinking hot chocolate.
In order to have a fresh start, it’s important to reflect on the areas of your life that you might want to change. You need time by yourself in silence and nature to get to know who you really are and what you want out of life.
A 20 minute walk through a colorful fall forest can do wonders for the soul.
Begin a New Project
Gone are the days of late night sunsets, care-free Saturdays, getting day drunk, and afternoons spent reading a book at the beach. However, rather than being sad that those worry-free Summer days have ended, you can use this as an opportunity.
Every September, I still get nostalgic. I’m always reminded of the first day of school when it was time to get back down to business, be productive, and sharpen my pencils. Use this back to school nostalgia as a motivator to start a new project or get into a more productive attitude at work.
Use the new fall season as a time to make a list of your goals, especially at work or school. Go into full-on work mode, and pursue those goals like crazy. You never know, by next summer you could accomplish more than you ever thought was possible.
Relationships Free from Technology
In Dutch, they use the word “gezellig,” which could be loosely translated as “cozy.” Gezellig is what you would call a night spent in front of the fire with hot chocolate, a good book, and maybe a friend or partner.
Fall is a great time of year for posting pictures of red and yellow leaves on your Instagram page. But, it’s also a great time for going to cafes with your friends, and spending nights in watching Netflix with your boyfriend.
Use this fresh start as an opportunity to put down your phone, grab a coffee, and re-establish those genuine connections that add significantly to your life.
The saying “out with the old and in with the new” couldn’t be more true in Fall. This is the season where things are dying, changing, and coming to an end. But, with every end comes a new beginning, and this is a time for a fresh start. Happy Autumn!
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