Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread?
Autumn is a dream. You don’t have to hole up in your air-conditioned room to escape the grueling summer heat. You don’t have to bundle up in a bunch of blankets and hibernate in bed. You can get the fuck out and enjoy life. From Oktoberfest to falling leaves to cool, rainy nights, Fall is just the most exquisite, charming season. But it’s also the most fleeting. One minute, you’re standing in yellow leaves; the next, snow is falling. And at the sight of the first snow, I always wish Fall could last a little bit longer. I think that’s the magic of autumn: it grabs you at first sight and vanishes before you can get tired of it. It’s gorgeous and soulful and transient.
For that reason, Autumn’s always filled my heart with both excitement and nostalgia. It marks not only the beginning of a new school year but also the closing months of yet another calendar year. So as I walk through the falling leaves in my light sweater (the only time both cool and warm enough to wear it), I’m simultaneously reflecting on the year gone by and looking forward to the year ahead. Fall’s one of those recurring cross roads in life – it makes you feel at once so young and so old. It makes you examine where you stand in life at the moment. When winter comes it’s all about school and work; when summer comes it’s fun and beach and party. Spring and fall are the gems. The fleeting moments that you really treasure and long for.
Happy Fall, everyone.