Lessons from the leaves — autumn.

Autumn is my favourite season of all. I love the cooler weather and opportunity it gives us to watch nature as it moves toward winter and even the fact that it shows us all that change is a beautiful and normal thing. I have definitely struggled with it in the past months, I love to plan ahead and it’s something that’s definitely been taken away by the pandemic and the uncertainty we are all living though with regards to opportunities and our health.

Last week I walked around a local park and saw the leaves falling and was struck by the vastness and magnitude of it all. An infinite number of trees there before my eyes changing so peacefully and at so many different stages of shedding their leaves from slight flashes of yellow and orange, all the way to being almost completely bare. Nearly all trees go through at least some kind of change in shape, colour and appearance during this time of year and I think at least in some sense this is true of nearly all humans. The only difference is we make considerably more fuss about it! A new coat, new school uniforms for children going back to school or even the begrudging acceptance that the heating bills are going up are all markers of our own personal shedding of the seasons past and preparing for what’s to come in the months ahead. This year with the potential of another lockdown on the horizon, winter will most likely bring with it even greater change than autumn has. I’m trying to be as receptive to change as possible though and I’m looking for the examples nature gives us of when it can be not only be a normal part of life, but a beautiful one.

A very apt sign at a local flower shop!

Apologies for the hiatus, my much awaited course and flat move are now both sorted and October has brought the closest thing to ‘normality’ that can be expected with the pandemic! The course itself is challenging and takes up most of the hours in the week in reading and intensive sessions but I still really want to keep up these posts as a record of my reflections and experiences so will persevere and try to post more regularly.

Writing feels like bearing a part of me that’s often difficult to articulate outside of paper. I so appreciate you looking through my thoughts and sharing them, even for a moment, thank you!

Sunday’s Ally

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Sunday’s Ally

Sunday’s Ally

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A series of my reflections, thoughts, hopes and dreams — all written on Sunday afternoons as a way to destress. | Based in the North West, UK.