It’s that time of year again. All of my friends and family are excited for Fall. They can’t wait for the cool, crisp air to break out the decorations, make a wreath for their front door, and get a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.
But then Halloween passes and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Now they are excited to get their Christmas tree and decorations, string lights outside, Winter wonderlands, and get a peppermint latte from Starbucks.
Then everyone rings in the New Year (hopefully with a kiss), they are helping their kids with Valentines for school, and are wishing that all the damn snow would finally melt so they can plant their Spring garden and get a Chai Tea from Starbucks.
But then Easter comes with rain showers and the air is warm, but still a little too cool for swimming and boating. The kids are restless as Summer approaches and everyone is excited for their vacation as they sip their Very Berry Hibiscus “Refresher” from Starbucks.
I’m not one of those people. While I do look forward to holidays, I never wish them upon us sooner than the earth revolves. The changing of the seasons is nice, but it’s also indicative of the passing of time. We can never get this summer back. We need to live and love in the moment that we have now, next season isn’t promised. The faster the seasons change, the sooner we reach that next moment or the new beverage being offered at Starbucks, we are older. Our children are older, our parents are older.
I adore the fact that I get to see the adults that my children have grown into. I relish seeing my grandson mature everyday and learn new words. But seeing those that are younger get older is quite different than seeing those that are older begin to age. I’ve come to terms that I’m not getting any younger, but I’m also not ready to age faster than necessary.
So everyone, please, take it easy. Don’t be in such a rush for the future, slow down for the present. There is still time to bask in the sun, ride bikes, wear those flip-flops, keep your legs shaven, and work on that tan. Fall and Winter can wait a little longer… can you?