The seasons seem to change so quickly. One can recall the summer heat and promises to never leave the sandy beaches, only to have bone-chilling cold and snow sneak up on us a few months later. It is amazing how we can experience the full capacity of the seasons in all their extremities. It also is one of life’s best teachers to be able to live through such drastic changes and find some form of gratefulness in each season.
That in of itself, may be the first lesson fall teaches us; the act of being grateful despite any situation. In the summer, we make sure to put on the sunscreen for protection, only to want more sun in the winter. In winter, we layer up practically, only to remove all layers within modesty in the summer heat. We never seem to find comfort. But the fall shows us that despite the changes, we can be thankful for the change and learn to make it through.
The next lesson is that of transition. There is a reason summer and winter do not occur chronologically one after the other. There must be a transition from one season to the next. And this transition is where fall comes into place. It gives us just enough time to appreciate the change in weather, hours of daylight and nature, without happening so drastically. In life, it is important to remember that things do not happen overnight. Like seasons must transition, we, too, must learn to transition from our own season to the next. It won’t always be easy or quick, but it is always a step in the right direction.
The term fall itself is also a lesson in living. We all must learn to accept failures as stepping stones for the next phase in our lives. As Albert Einstein one stated, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” To fall is to temporarily fail, but failure is a part of success. Besides the season itself, fall can be defined as “move downward, typically rapidly and freely without control, from a higher to a lower level.” It is a descension that is sometimes out of our control. We all fall, which is not the failure in of itself; but the refusal to get back up after a fall is the true failure. To be antonymous with fall is to rise, and know who you are and what you’re capable of. It’s not about the fall, but what you do when it occurs and how you learn from it.
Another lesson fall teaches us in living is that days won’t always be sunshine when we want, all the time. We are reminded of that the moment Daylight Savings Time begins. Having the sunset an hour earlier may seem like a burden but think of the sun also rising an hour earlier. It’s always been a bit difficult having to see the days getting darker earlier, however that is a part of life and living. Fall shows us that we must learn to accept what we’ve got and to learn to accept the earlier darkness, but to also realize that means the stars shine an hour earlier as well.
Fall is a season that shows us a lot about living. It is a time of gratitude, layering up, and of course pumpkin spice. But more importantly, it teaches us to never stop living and loving because of a fall. Always remember to fall is simply necessary to rise higher than you were before. And we can thank the fall season for these lessons in life.