If August is like the Sunday of summer, then September is the Monday of fall. But despite the fact that we mourn the end of the weekend and the beginning of the new week, Mondays – or perhaps, September – also hold a world of possibility and new experience. With the change of every season comes a positive, precedented anticipation that can lead to a change in attitude, perception, and time.
September represents a funny mid-spectrum season, too. While mornings (specifically in the mountains) can drop below freezing fairly early, it doesn’t mean that the days are always just as chilly. Despite an increase in sweater sales and the aforementioned seasonal anticipation, there’s still time to squeeze out the last drop of each summer season.
I could go on here and write a fake itinerary of last minute summer to-dos. But my biggest suggestion? Don’t worry about it.
I think sometimes seasonal anticipation comes with a long bucket list of extraneous summer activities – “squeeze in that long hike before the snow!” “swim in every river” “go here, do that” – but the reality of it is, we can’t fight the change in the weather. Looking around the internet and at my newsfeeds, I’ve seen at least 2-3 “where did summer go” every day. And sure; I feel similarly – of course, no one anticipated the outbreak of Coronavirus or taught us how to plan for a global pandemic. In so many ways, the summer of 2020 does feel “stolen” or “lost” because of the unprecedented state of our country in modern society.
That being said though, I don’t think a “lost” summer should put this notion of rush into anyone’s head. And global pandemic or not, the change of seasons is a time to slow it all down anyways. The hypocrite in me just retorted “I’ve been slowed down since March,” (which is true) but despite all the man power and technology in the world, we can’t slow down the yearly occurrence of the autumnal equinox.
The moral here? Don’t force it, don’t rush it. Get out on the trails a few more times. Enjoy a cup of coffee early morning outside on a stoop or a deck before the world wakes up. Relish the change of color from green to yellow and orange. Take some photos. Breathe. There’s no need to stress out with a long to-do list of remaining summer activities. Making the most of anything seems like a big ask right now – all the more reason to slow it down, take it easy, and enjoy the present as much as possible.