There is something about fall that brings back an immense surge of nostalgia that practically engulfs my thoughts. It brings me back the start of a new school year, the excitement of meeting new people, and seeing who was in my classes. It meant that my birthday was right around the corner, and I could finally spend a friday night football game wrapped up in blanket and a beanie. It brings me to the scent of the fireplace burning and my momma baking something with apples and cinnamon that enveloped the house and made it the coziest place to come home to. The fall meant that the scenery was changing as the leaves fell from the trees and blew around the yard as each brisk wind passed by. The fall meant the start of something new, it meant change.
As fall is quickly approaching, I find those same feelings rushing back to me but this time with more nostalgia than ever before. This fall begins my senior year of college, which is probably the most bittersweet thing I've experienced. It begins a year of lasts, people talking about their next steps in life, and the realization that adult life is coming faster than imagined. A year filled with excitement for change while still wishing to be back in a dorm room with an entire college experience ahead.
This fall feels a little different for me. It is a fall filled with truly noticing how absolutely beautiful it is to let things go and accept the change that each new days brings. To let the crippling expectations of having life figured out disappear like the crisp leaves from the trees. It reassures me that people changing and growing is absolutely lovely and solidifies the desire that I'd like to spend every fall day waking up to a brisk Minnesota morning. Fall reminds me that it's okay to be homesick for those things that make this time of year so nostalgic like watching football with my dad on a chilly sunday. Right now is a transformational period of life for so many of those close to me, but like I said before, change is inevitable and oh, so beautiful. This season brings so many opportunities to reinvent the person you want to be, whether that be by finally chopping your hair into that long bob all over your Pinterest page or by changing your outlook on things that are important to you. The fall means the start of something new, it means change.