Falling for Fall

Let me set up a scenario… a few moments that I experienced this morning:

I opened my eyes at approximately 7:42, looked around the room at about 7:48, and got out of bed at nearly 7:50. But within the very first second that my eyes were aware at 7:42, my mind simotaneously remembered that today is September 22, better known as the first day of the most riveting season of all… Fall. So, I did what any 18-year-old lover of fall and Imagine Dragons would do – I consciously played Imagine Dragon’s “The Fall” while subconsciously, I closed my eyes and simply listened to the soothing season through Dan’s genius music.

Each year, I fall for Fall the moment that the leaves start changing and the temperature starts dropping. This song brings to life, for me anyways, not only what fall is as a noun, but also what fall does as a verb…

Fall breathes in the 90 degrees we’ve all been baking in for three months and gladly exhales its cool, cozy, and comfortable 60-70 degree temperature that leaves us, well, breathless. Its breeze guides its leaves ever so gently from the tree tops to the ground below, yielding the crunching sound we hear when our boots hit the ground.

Fall captures every intentional color that God creatively created to feel “warm.”
Yes, we know what the color yellow is, but what yellow does is so much more significant. The same thing goes for red, green, brown, and orange. Yellow initiates joy, red claims the emotion in your autumn memories, green is your relaxation, brown reminds you that the Earth is home, and orange carries your fascination. Each color combined defines Fall and its freshness.

Fall lets us copy its outfit so that we can match its style.
Nature is a fashion in itself. A tree’s roots can easily represent the boots we wear. The vivid leaves dress a tree in clothing, like a sweater or a flannel does to us. And the scarf? Easy. It’s the sun’s perfect light and warmth directing itself in the open spaces of the “sweater.”

Fall brings seasonal necessities such as fall flavors, autumn drinks, and a whole lot of pumpkin.
Every Fall my mom makes butternut squash risotto and it is by far my favorite fall-time meal and probably my favorite all-time meal.
There are some flavors that make sense only when a season sets in. For example, watermelon typically relates with summer while, unless you want a holly jolly feeling all year long, candy canes are usually enjoyed during the winter. Apple cider and pumpkin spice latte’s naturally fit into Fall.
Not only pumpkin spice latte’s, but the entire list of pumpkin: pumpkin rolls, pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin seeds… pumpkin everything.

Fall gives us opportunities to put its picturesque perfection into a picture.
The vibrant essence of this enticing season exposes the photographer in everyone (even if the photo is later posted on Instagram with a filter.) Its easy beauty captivates the eye and makes snapping the “perfect fall photo” effortless.

Fall reminds us that life has seasons.
Throughout the last two years, I did a video series called “Seasons” where I attempted to capture each season in its beauty and learn to fall in love with the weather God created. Some people hate Winter, others don’t enjoy Fall. Some dislike Summer and some aren’t fond of Spring. But what I learned is that the seasons change 1. because God created them to and 2. because there is beauty found in each one.
This is an obvious parallel that I think God intended for mankind to understand: There will be seasons that are wonderful and seasons that are challenging to get through, but finding the beauty that God is creating through it keeps you aware of Him and the growth in yourself.
What matters the most is whether or not you choose to get up, latte in hand, and walk strongly when that season causes you to Fall.

So here it comes… the brilliant color change, the fresh temperature drop, and the fundamentals of Fall.

I’m ready for the leaves, I’m ready for the joy, and “I’m ready for the Fall.”

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