I wonder how many of us feel the sentiment of renewal with the changing of the seasons. Speaking for myself, I know do. The beginning of Fall feels more to me like the new year than January 1st does.
Why is that? Why do we feel this sense of new beginnings as we say goodbye to Summer and roll out the welcome mat for Fall? Is it the cooler air that greets us each morning that gives us a new sense of refreshed energy and commitment? Is it that in the back of our minds we remember that this time of year was when we said farewell, for now, to the carefree days of summer and hello a new school year? A school year and special time of life that held the promise of reconnecting with old friends and scheduled routines and a hopeful, exciting future.
It seems that when I converse with people who live in an area that boasts the blessing of experiencing all four seasons to their fullest, Autumn seems to be the favorite of so many. For so many reasons…
“I Love Football!”
“I Love the changing of the colors!”
“The cooler tempts are a delightful welcome and lovely change from the hot, humid tempts we just experienced”
“The kids are back in school so now I get a little *me* time to invest in things I Love to do”
“We travel in the Fall!”
“My Bible Study and programs start-up again!”
“The holiday season is just around the corner!”
“I finally can get back to the gym!”
Clark and I tend to travel in the Fall. (He’s nicknamed ‘Clark” for that very reason; Clark Griswold..) It’s a popular time for traveling. It used to be a well hidden secret that September and October were the best months to get away. Now-a-days the secret has gotten out. While you can still get around without the congestion of heavy traffic, more and more people these days have discovered the perks of fall travel and are choosing the autumn months as their time to explore the world around them. The weather in September and October is still gorgeous. On most days you experience warm days and cool nights. The prices for air fare and lodging fall extensively making it very budget friendly. The added bonus is that the crowds are finally gone. Something that is a win/win to us! So, we hit the road.
Travel, in and of itself, always gives me a sense of renewal. As does Autumn. A new season. A time to begin again. A time to start over. Happy New Year!
Is Fall your favorite season? Why? If not, what IS your favorite time of year?