Autumn, is always a blissful season. The change of the season brings color into our lives and the crisp air gives us relief from the summer heat. We also find joy and excitement of the upcoming holiday season that is quickly approaching.
As we head quickly towards November, I recommend that we all do not get wrapped up in the artificial essence of fall, the pumpkin flavored drinks and desserts, scarves, uggs and fall fashion. I’m guilty of it too, but there is a stronger meaning of fall that our society often neglects.
As I try to look more into the meaning of fall, I love the bright change in the trees. I love the orange, red, and yellow leaves that vibrantly fill up the country sides and city streets. I love the meaning of the leaves falling as they give us hope for the start of an upcoming new year as we head into winter. They resemble the end of a season, a year, and a new start ahead. I try to picture each falling leaf as a symbol for each challenge I have had this year, as the leaf hits the ground the challenge falls into the past. As each leaf falls the promise of new leaves growing blooming begins after the New Year begins. To me it is a promise of new hope and growth in our lives. That is what fall means to me, a symbolism of a fresh new year and start ahead.
Use the remaining fall season to reflect on the things in your life that you are thankful for, the challenges you have overcome, and the strengths you have put forth. Be thankful for your family, friends and significant others as they have brought meaning and support into your life. Be thankful for farmers and ranchers who worked hard during the summer/fall harvest season to bring forth the nations food. Even though fall may be a downtime at work for some, give thanks to farmers who continue to work hard after harvest to get their fields/orchards ready for winter and crops ready for the new year (my dad being one of them). This fall, I’ve also learned to be thankful for time spent with my boyfriend as hunting season blooms and having a full freezer of meat from hunting season this year and last. As October ends, I’m grateful to head into November and to celebrate one of my favorite holidays Thanksgiving.
As I’ve been updating my new photography blog, I came across these photographs. I captured the essence of Autumn in the University of Idaho Arboretum a few years ago while I was recovering from a bad breakup.
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At the time, I was still a bit depressed, lost, and sad from the break up. It was with a guy who I had been best friends with through high school, not only did we break up romantically but we lost a long friendship. I decided I needed to get my mind of things and get outside and enjoy the season. Once I started shooting photographs my worries went away as found joy in the abundance of fall colors. Some of my best photography work was the result from the pain and sorrow I was experiencing at the time. I was lost for hours in the arboretum photographing that day. The feeling I felt after the session was indescribable, especially when I started reviewing my work afterwords. I felt driven and confident. The break up reminded me of my passion for photography and it helped me realize who I am as a person.
Looking back on that break up, I’m glad it happened because I am found an amazing man a few years afterword. The break up opened a lot of doors for me and helped me realize my true joys in the world.
As I look to my life now, my significant other and I are heading into time of change and relocating this holiday season as he finishes up school in December. We have both started job searching and are unsure about where we will be moving to. I have been very anxious lately and worried about what the future will bring. I wrote this blog post was a reminder that I need to take more time to find peace in the fall season. I also need to be more patient and thankful in this time of stress and worry. I need to take time to simply enjoy the present and not dwell on the future.