A Seasonal Effect


September was always my favorite time of year. School always started on the 1st. There would be new clothes, new books at school, new pens. New teachers and new friends. Crisp autumn mornings and flaming leaves ushered it all in.

Fall meant change for me and always has. Even after I graduated from college, I would still sniff the change in the air one morning and feel hopeful suddenly. It’s become a time to begin new projects (most of which I never finish)–new blankets to crochet, new story ideas, even a new wardrobe makeover. Even though the leaves turn and float to the ground, I can’t see it as an ending, thought it’s often referred to that way metaphorically. For example, I’m nearly 40–does that mean I’m in the Autumn of my life?

Actually, that’s totally okay. I do want a new beginning. I do want to begin developing new habits. I want to eat healthier, I want to live happier, I want to see life more clearly. Maybe it means we can look at our lives and just let ourselves explode with color, begin the work that will bear fruit in the future.

What seasons affect you the most? I can’t be the only one who takes a cue from their environment. Does summer make you vow to enjoy life more? Does spring make you hopeful? Does winter make you sentimental?

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About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.

4 Responses to A Seasonal Effect

  1. Carrie Jenkins says:

    I always feel so very sad when the the time changes and days are short. My new found hope has always been that day in March (used to be April) when the time changes back to “normal”, then I feel normal. Of course I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, so that probably explains it.

  2. Different seasons do affect me. Fall makes me feel hopeful too. Like I’m ready to finish out the year full steam ahead! 🙂

  3. This is true – there is a certain “change” that I feel in September, putting that brave foot forward to start something new, to change a hairstyle, write a new story…maybe it is that we have that “beginning of a new year” attitude because of the new school year. I love the cooler weather, so this time of the year is always welcome to me.

  4. I feel it too. I love the change in the air in the fall.

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