The season is changing. Warm summer days are coming to an end. Maples are beginning to change to a brilliant red hue. The rain has descended on the landscape, soon enough changing to the dreaded four-letter word, snow. Am I ready for this seasonal adjustment? Do I have a choice? The answer is a resounding ”no” on both accounts, but it matters not. The change is coming.
Seasons of life mirror the seasons of nature. Babies become toddlers, then in a blink of an eye, teens. Am I ready for this season? Do I have a choice? The answer continues to be ”no,” but move forward, I must. Driving and dating are new topics of discussion. Dances and hangouts are the preferred activities of this season. Each day brings fresh decisions on how to move into and through this period of time.
With each exciting engagement pushing me onward, I retreat to the comfort of routine to ground me. Although each day offers an opportunity for growth, it also brings rest and reassurance, with its sameness. At times, I dread both. Other moments, I understand that a balance is necessary. Too much of one leaves me longing for the other. The earth needs rain and sun for survival. We need rest and activity to live a life of peace and fulfillment.
Susan J. McFarland
October 2, 2019