September 21, 2010

This is the song about the seasons, it will help you recall...

Tomorrow marks the first day of fall.

It's a new season. The green chlorophyll will be gone faster than those high-waisted shorts and replaced with intense reds and hazy sunset auburns. The wind hits the face like a slap, a warning. It preaches, don't get too comfortable, because a change is coming. 

Mother Nature kicks everyone in the back with her pointy-toed stiletto, reminding us that our tans will fade, our hearts will second-guess and it's time to get our acts together. The seasons declare transformation like no other.

The change can crash in quickly like the first ice storm, or it can build slowly like a bud during spring, taking its time to puncture through the wet earth; a small hello. 

With the change, everything prior can feel like a distant memory: warm sunshine on a bare back, the smell of charred flesh on a grill, polished toes hanging out of rolled down windows. For some, the change is simply seasonal. Update your clothes, cover your toes and hide your patio furniture.

For others, it's a sign of a new start. Textbook spines get chiropractor cracked, summer romances fizzle like a half-baked light bulb and people return from seaside vacations, relaxed and ready to hit cubicle land. 

I know a change is coming even if it feels like it's not. While people rush by onto new things, I wait for the wind to guide me in a direction. Professionally, where do I stand? Do I choose and create my own career, or wait to be chosen? No longer a student, but eager to make something of my passions, I am rendered anxious. On a personal level, what relationships, friendships and in-betweenships should I strengthen and which ones should I abandon like coral coloured nail polish?

I believe change is half of what is happening around you and half of what you decide to create yourself.

Which side will you fall on? (no pun intended)

[photo cred: Mel Marie (the sis) Central Park Oct. 2009]


  1. I think change happens because you want it to, but external factors can definately impact your decisions.