On My Decision to Embrace Autumn
It’s happening now…Faster than I thought it would for sure. It’s getting cold. I’ve been in denial about it for a while I’ve realized. I have recently returned from living in Australia for the past two years, and more importantly in many of the warmer places! As much as I’m looking forward to winter in some ways…I’m just really not ready for the cold yet. The beautiful thing about traveling is that it lets you look at things in a different way when you come home and that is the perspective I’ve decided to take about autumn. I used to love this season when I was younger. I loved the cool crisp nights and the beautiful colours of the leaves and of course…Halloween. This past week I’ve really been loving the beautiful colours on the trees…It’s something I’d really forgotten about.
We are a bit spoiled here in Ontario because we are surrounded by trees. I lived in the same city my whole life and even on the occasions where my family traveled in autumn those beautiful colours were always there. It wasn’t until I left home to travel that I realized what a marvel it really is.
One thing I learned living in Australia is that here in Canada we are blessed with transitions. Truly blessed. I realized that every month of the year has a seasonal association to it in my mind and living in Australia was an experience of me constantly feeling out of the loop. A month would go by and I wouldn’t even realize it because I knew that September always felt differently than October whereas Australia (I lived in various places in Queensland the whole time- one of the warmer climates) doesn’t have these transitions. There are transitions of course, but well…The transition from what feels like summer to spring to summer again as a Canadian is definitely not the transitions I’ve experienced through our seasons.
Upon returning home to Canada I will admit that the adjustment has been huge for me. It was something that I really hadn’t anticipated which made things more of a challenge. The experience of traveling is composed mainly of the new experiences you will have and so that is your expectation. I’ve never met anyone who went home with the anticipation that things would be different though, and this is what I experienced. Since my return home I’ve learned that this is very common with travelers who leave for a period of time and I am embracing this opportunity to reinvent this home in my mind.
As the weeks have gone by since returning home I’ve really noticed how quickly things change around here, and in some sort of way I’ve adapted that idea to my perspective on this chapter of my life. If I can transition with the seasons and recognize the beauty that comes with it, I feel that I will have so much to gain.