I love Fall. The fresh scents of trees shedding their leaves, that quiet sense of ending and hibernation lurking around the corner. That feeling of staying close to home, latching on to loved ones for fear they will fade away, the urge to hunker in and prepare for the cold jaws of Winter just ahead.
My favorite part of Fall are the early mornings where the whole earth appears to be covered in clouds. The birds are silently packing up their things to fly elsewhere, and the world is in waiting, the held breath of nature as it waits for the impending cold of the Winter months.
There is such a clean, new, electric scent in the air this time of year. The colors are spectacular all around, a true sign of life ending beautifully and new life to come in the Spring. Fall is the season of hope and renewal, of shedding of the past and awaiting the future, apprehensive of whether the future will bring hardship or joy, and knowing it will likely bring both.
I love the power of Fall. The whole world is just simply charged with that energy of preparation. The leaves are beginning to be raked, the snow shovels being set against the house, just in case. The animals are scurrying to ready their homes for a battle of Winter, and instinct sets in full motion, getting even us mere humans in stock piling mode for the weather to come.
There is the nostalgia of saying goodbye to the warm seasons, of seeing our trees woefully shed their leaves like tears all over the yard, and seeing the cycle of life ensue as the whole world appears to be shrinking in and taking cover. It’s like watching life and death in slow motion, and it happens so magically and so subtly Winter is upon us before we’ve even gotten used to bidding goodbye to Fall.
I love Fall for the many emotions it drags out of our souls. Happiness at seeing the world change yet again, sadness for the warm months behind us, hope for a pleasant season, and fear of not knowing how the upcoming months will be for us. Fall is the ultimate emotional roller coaster ride, completely charged with the unknown to come, and the safety of what is behind us.