As of yesterday, autumn officially started.
Growing up in the midwest means that I have gotten to experience four seasons every year. As much as I really do not love freezing my booty off in the middle of winter, I really have grown to love the changes in seasons.
I used to think that I wanted to live somewhere that would always be the same temperature. Now, I am not saying when I am in my prime elderly years I won’t want to live where you could cook eggs (make them vegan for me please) on the ground any day of the year because it is always in the high 90s, but for right now I will stay put.
Huh, writing this even sounds funny. I never thought I would be a person that would say that they want to stay in the town where they grew up. I really love the idea of living in a town that has a Trader Joes and a Whole Foods and I could go somewhere without running into multiple people I know, but I also love the idea of having my family nearby.
All of my family lives in ND or MN. Most of my family is in two different cities that are about an hour apart and that is awesome. I know if I need help with something my family is there to help me and I can help my family when they need it. I look forward to being close to the children that my brother and sister-in-law will have, and I hope to have kids some day and living here means we will be close to at least one set of their grandparents.
I really thought for many many years of my life that the only way I would be happy is if I moved. I thought the answer to everything was me getting away. I am starting to realize two things. One, you won’t be happy anywhere unless you are happy where you are and with what you have. Living thinking you will be happy because of a move, a different job, losing weight, whatever it is, is not healthy. Learning to be happy with what you have and where you are is very important. The second thing I have realized is I think the reason I wanted to move away so badly is because I wasn’t comfortable with people knowing the real me. I think I thought it would be so much easier to go somewhere else where no one knew who I was.
The truth is I had to learn to be happy with who I am and where I am. I am now learning to love being by family and to appreciate all the seasons that happen here. I also know that there is a community of people here that care for others. Just like with any town/city mine isn’t perfect and there are definitely things I would change about it, but it is also my home.
I am going to soak up the cool autumn air and enjoy all the gorgeous colors that come during this time of year. This is the best time of year in my opinion.
I love wearing comfy clothes, all the pretty fall colors, the warm spiced foods, the fall scents and the Halloween movies. This year the normal activities I do may look a little different, but I am still going to enjoy them.
This is going to be a fall full of nature. I plan to take in all the beauty around me and to appreciate the last few days of above freezing temperatures.
To appreciating the beauty around us, the changing of seasons, and being happy right where you are.
What is your favorite thing about fall?
Until next time,