Musings, nature

A new season, a new beginning


My go to autumn picture – the tree that overlooks my garden always takes on a burst of colour at this time of the year, some years stronger and brighter than others. Capturing perfectly the beauty of this season and the change it brings.

I usually don’t feel any different to when I was 16 (although when the media make jokes about being 30 it’s hard to forget I’m not!) but the one thing that seems to make me feel my age is the feeling that time moves faster the older I get. When I was a teenager, summers off from school seemed to last forever – when we returned, everyone looked so different it was like we’d been away for six months not six weeks but this summer seemed to pass me by in a flash.

I love autumn – to be honest I prefer clothes at this time of the year, I love scarves and boots and curling up in comfy sweats and fluffy socks; I love the colours at this time of the year and the way even the air smells different – crisp somehow and I even don’t mind the rain, as long as I’m in the warm with a good book or film. But autumn does seem to bring a strange kind of wistfulness with it. I seem to start thinking about time and the fact that the last half of the year is here and the scary countdown to seeing the Christmas Coca-Cola advert begins.

Maybe autumn just seems synonymous with change because of how nature around us alters so significantly or that we grow up with it marking the new school year or maybe I’m just reading too much into it but I can’t help feeling a prick of fear about how fast time seems to be moving. It’s a pretty significant year I suppose – hitting 30 and all the changes I’ve made going after my writing dream. I suppose I just want to make sure I don’t focus so much on goals that I let time slip away from me and forget to be present in the present.

Taylor Swift’s All Too Well:

The autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place

There is something about that lyric in this song has stood out for me since I first heard it. Maybe it’s because the leaves currently feel like they’re blowing everywhere and not falling into place but there is also hope to it, that there are moments where things settle and land where they are supposed to, a burst of colour. That’s what autumn is all about – change and colour. This autumn I want to hold on to it. I don’t want it to slip by me like this summer did. Time can be scary but I don’t want to fear it.

This new season is a new beginning. As it is every year.

How does autumn make you feel?



12 thoughts on “A new season, a new beginning”

  1. I get nostalgic at the change of the seasons, but I suppose autumn would make the nostalgia more intense, especially since it’s the end of the year. You’re right — the older you get, the faster time flies.

  2. I love autumn. I always have. But, at the same time, I feel that sense of time speeding up and change coming whether we want it to or not. Still I prefer that to the slowness of summer, where days seem lazier and nothing ever really happens. I don’t know, I guess I’ve always embraced the nostalgia of this time of year, as well as its potential. The seasons are waning, but the new year begins. For me, the New Year literally began at this time when I celebrated the Jewish holidays. Although I may not practice as fully, I still take time to acknowledge the end and the beginning in this season.

  3. I love autumn since it give the feeling it is time to welcome the new year. A lot festivals happen in my place during autumn. It is a time for family reunion. Your post was exhilarating and i loved it.

  4. I love fall, too. Our trees haven’t changed color yet, but I’m expecting a lovely display this year because our summer was so wet. I also feel nostalgic during this season, and it has been a particularly strong feeling this year because my twins have started kindergarten. As the start of a new academic cycle, fall really is a new beginning. I have fond memories of each new school year, and I re-live them when I drop my children off in the morning.

    1. Aw must be weird living with school again through them and I guess time seems to move even faster as you watch them grow up. Our leaves haven’t changed here yet either, I’m looking forward to it!

  5. My bday is in the autumn, so as a kid it was always my fave time of year. You add Halloween, the smell of apples in the air, the wonderful fiery colors, pumpkins, crunchy leaves on the sidewalk–autumn makes me feel happy and wistful at the same time. I think it does have to do with it being a significant season of change, the transition from life to death, if I may be so macabre. Kids going back to school and the end of summer makes me wistful, but the upcoming holidays knowing I’ll be spending time with family, makes me happy. It’s a funky time of year, but in a good way.

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