Ode to Autumn

Lauren DahlhauserComment

It's so easy to fall into the routine of life where in the end, it seems you're just going through the motions. I've been feeling this way lately. I wake up to my alarm, I go to class, I work, I eat, I sleep. Problems arise, I worry, I fix them, I move on (or at least I try). I make lists of things that need to get done that never seem to get done. The list grows. I reminisce about the past. I worry about the future. 

Then on random, seemingly infrequent occasion, I find the time to sit down and evaluate where I've come from and where I'm headed. I get inspired to create and take leaps forward. I deviate from routine. I remind myself how young I am and how much time I have to check things off my endless to do list. I feel blessed.

I wish I felt this way ALL of the time. You know, inspired, uplifted, blessed. I always should. Life is so beautiful and I'm surrounded by so many loving people. 

It's so normal to feel overwhelmed by life. When I enter into those states of heightened awareness and optimism though, usually triggered by a spontaneous act of kindness or a simple walk through nature, I feel alive. I'm reminded that, like leaves, we will fall, but we will always grow back again.

How do you describe the beauty of a leaf? I've never been able to. Not to the extent I feel leaves are deemed worthy. They are indescribable. Like us.