Fall can be unpredictable on the prairies and already the weather has been inclement enough to hint around the edges of an early snow. It's rained here more days this summer than I can keep track of and that's not usual. If it's one thing we can boast - it's hours of sunshine. So this year I'm feeling slightly jilted that fall is already here when summer arrived for such brief moments.
When I was a kid there was a mystery and excitement to fall. It was a time of new beginnings, motivations and commitment. That was the time when school began and everything was new; new wardrobe, new books, new everything. It was easy to forget the long lazy days of summer that were quietly left behind. But now it's different. I'm an adult with no need of new fall clothes, no new books or pens, just the same basement office and the same commitment I made to write each day that I made earlier this year as spring merged into summer.
With nothing new - it would be easy to keep trudging along the same path. But something has changed. Call it an attitude that correlates with the calendar but this morning I'm shrugging off the lethargy of summer's lost promise. Fall has always been the time when excuses are shelved, and goals are brought out and dusted off or new directions plotted. Today it's time to move forward and get it done, make up for the lack of a new fall wardrobe and replace it with a summer version - for that research trip!
Life is an adventure and the ending of one season and the start of another that is full of unpredictability adds an edge. Today I can feel the anticipation in the air. The past is over and just like when we were kids - the future stretches ahead.
The magic is there. It's only a matter of finding it. This fall I'm shifting gears doing things a bit different from travel to promotion to a daily exercise routine. But all that is fodder for another post. In the meantime - today's walk will take a new direction, a path never traveled and a fresh look at the season we call autumn.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it. Boldness has genius, power
and magic in it, Begin it now. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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