I’m beginning to appreciate the many layers of fall.
It seems like yesterday that I was moping about the heat of summer leaving us. It packed its shades and sunscreen and just flat out left our country seemingly overnight, leaving leaves all over the place in complete haste. The nerve!
Why yes… yes I did. It was an amazingly long endless summer of forest bike ride adventures that never seemed to end.
At one point, I got home after a ride, thought about what I was actually getting to do every. single. day. and verbally said out loud while wearing a slightly fatigued smile, “Whew… I’m getting tired!”
Believe you me… it was a joy-filled tired.
One very big summer perk? I got to experience our river run dry to the point of providing hundreds of private secluded beaches.
What was the problem about summer again?!
I can name a few things. Like our smoke-filled skies resulting in a bright orange sun through the weeks of haze.
But at least that forest fire wasn’t flickering in my backyard, right?
As it stands, today is pouring rain. In fact, we’re due for rain all week long. And no doubt those private beaches are about to turn into one raging river shortly.
I’m inside the house, now WISHING I could be on that cooler weathered trail watching those shiny black cows in the meadow enjoying the fall sunshine.
The thing is, when I was enjoying this bike ride, I had been wishing it was a little warmer.
As I watch sheets of rain fall onto my thirsty lawn today, when I captured these ducks enjoying their family reunion, I forgot about the brisk air.
Pictures tell such a story don’t they? Shooting is like painting art with a camera lens.
I’ll be coasting through an area when IT smacks me front and centre. I have to dismount the bike and capture that moment. Just have to. It’s like putting a little piece of that layered wetlands magic inside my pocket and taking it home.
Then after that click, satisfaction takes over and I take a moment to be INSIDE that picture. The camera goes back into the bike basket, then study the area. Listen to the sounds of nature and fully appreciate the incredible perfect oil painting in real life right before me. How lucky am I!
Picture taking encourages you to live in the moment. Ever notice that?
Note to self: carry a camera a little more…
Riding through these trails resembles a fairytale storybook. There’s river, country, forest, bridges… it’s never the same for very long.
Who needs Neflix?
Scratch that. I need both.
A rainy fall day certainly has me appreciating these sunnier fall days!
So why then do I allow myself to ‘wish it was warmer?’ when now that I look back, that brisk sunny day was absolutely perfect as is?
I suppose it’s a matter of fully accepting a change I have no control over.
While planning and goals are fine and well and even imperative, living IN the moment really does matter. I think it matters the most.
Because, if we’re always wishing for the next best thing, we may miss out on the best thing that’s happening to us right now.
Especially since are not guaranteed a tomorrow.
What if right now IS the best we get?
We’d better scramble to appreciate it… or make some changes so we can.
Ok fall rain, I get it. You taught me a valuable lesson today. So I’m going to appreciate why you are falling and what I can do to make the most of it.
I get why fall has layers. It’s so we aren’t stuck on one page for too long.
We get to experience gusty wind storms that, while we’ll ultimately have raking to do later, the rain of vibrant leaves is a sight to behold.
The cool brisk sunshine that encourages us to go explore outdoors, forgetting about the pile of dishes in the sink. For the moment.
Oh, the colors! While summer brings petals in full bloom, we now get to enjoy leaves in technicolor!
And ultimately rain. It may hold us hostage indoors moreso, however there is nothing quite like the sound of rain pounding on the roof. (just not for weeks on end, ok?) Perhaps I’ll even light up the fireplace…
Changing seasons is like a storybook, flipping to a new page every moment.
Gifting us with so many new opportunities to not only talk about, but to actually LIVE our best life possible, every step of the way.
Besides… summer is just around the corner… (smacks typing hands)
Are you good at moment by moment living, or are you more of a goal setter? What’s your secret to an enjoyable life?
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