There is something so enchanting when the fall comes around each year. The crisp autumn air gives us all a break from the suffocating one-hundred degree days, and the start of a new school year offers a plethora of opportunities in each day. Although the fall season represents the year ending soon, it also provides a new beginning.
I have always hated change. For as long as I can remember I have always been set in my routines and my normal ways. Change can be Earth-shattering. It can alter the way in which we see the world around us and the way in which we go about our normal lives. However; if I’ve learned anything in the last year, it is that change can also be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling aspects of life if we allow it to be.
Exactly one year ago I was sitting in the library at a beautiful school, surrounded by my textbooks, while studying intensely for midterm examinations. I was as stressed as I could be. I was drained, overwhelmed and looking so forward to that short fall break that was serving as a bright light at the end of the extremely dark tunnel I was stuck under. Little did I know that I after that fall break, my life would never be the same. After that break the school I once considered home would become a place I once knew. After that break my set routines and organized life style would be turned completely upside down. After that break, a girl who once feared change and dreaded it, would be faced with perhaps the greatest change in her lifetime.
As I look back on the last 365 days, I feel perhaps every emotion ever described. This past year has been a whirlwind in all ways possible. And now here I am one year later, embracing the start of a new fall as the air gets crisp and the leaves start to fall around me. I have my second chance at life, a start to my new career path and an opportunity to begin a new chapter.
I think that we can all learn something from the change of seasons. As the leaves change in the next few weeks and as we celebrate the wonderful autumn holidays, let your life start over and change the things you thought you once could not change. Do the things that once scared you. As I said, change is frightening but it is also rewarding. We must first welcome it into our lives.
There is an immense amount of beauty surrounding us each day, particularly in this season: the splendid shades of red, orange and yellow found in each falling leaf, the excitement on each child’s face as Halloween approaches and the feeling of a crisp autumn breeze. It is often so easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of exams at school, the overwhelming concept that another year is coming to an end in just a few short months, or the daunting facts of a jam-packed schedule. I try to remind myself each day how important it is to embrace the beauty instead of getting so wrapped up in ideas that seem critical. It turns out, most of the time these thoughts are actually insignificant in the scheme of life.
That overburdened girl sitting over all of her school books, crying over the thought of midterms just twelve months ago, did not realize how precious life can be. That girl who barely slept at all that week, was worried about getting an A on all of her exams more than she was worried about herself, did not realize how life can change right before you. If I could go back in time, I would remind that saddened girl that life is so much more than that exam the next morning. Life is too short to worry that much. That girl in the library really thought that those midterms were going to determine everything: her grade point average, her future career and the level of happiness she would reach in her lifetime. That girl in the library with saddened and wide eyes did not account at all for a huge change in her life that was about to occur.
I’ve decided to learn from the person I was exactly one year ago. I’ve decided to live life day to day despite the stresses that come along with looking forward in my planner, or thinking about the weeks to come. There is too much beauty around us that can be missed when we get wrapped up in the small things. Try not to miss it.