I've always said fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the cooler weather, the trees changing color, the intense blue of the sky, the acts of gathering the harvest, taking stock, and battening down the hatches for the harsh winter ahead.
I kind of like it that my age is also referred to as the autumn of life.
I see striking parallels with the natural world. As fall approaches, there is a sadness at the ending of the fun of summer, but then comes realization of autumn's own gifts and incredible beauty. And there is the same mellow beauty to these years of life, a deep appreciation for and savoring of the abundant gifts the summer brought us -- our children and grandchildren, a career, hobbies, friends, home. There is a slowing down of responsibility, of intensity, even of needs, I think.
For me it has taken the whole first year of retirement to get past the stresses of my working life and calm my thoughts and activity. To slow down and savor moments without the fear that Monday is always snapping at my heels. To squirrel away the abundance of summer's bounty to enjoy now and over the winter years.
That feels like a pretty wonderful place to be.
"What most people really, really want is simply to feel good about themselves, and when you realize that with just a few well-chosen words you can help virtually anyone on the planet instantly achieve this, you begin to realize just how simple life is, how powerful you are, and that love is the key. " - Tut
Remember: If you laugh a lot, when you get old your wrinkles will be in the right places.
NOTE: In my last post I wrote about light rail in Minnesota and mentioned the cost of a ticket. The 75 cent ticket is for seniors, good for 2 1/2 hours, during non-peak hours, 9 am to 3 pm and weekends. Non seniors pay $1.50 for those same days and times. Full price for peak hours is $1.50 and $ 2.25. Within the downtown zone tickets are 50 cents for everyone. A great bargain, I think, and all tickets are for 2 1/2 hours.