I was out for a quick drive yesterday and saw colors starting to hit a few trees.
Add that to the cool night and I realized the seasons were getting ready to change. Sure, the official “date” for the fall isn’t for another three weeks or so, but little things have made me realize it’s coming.
- It’s gotten darker earlier
- It’s cooler at night (thankfully)
- Schools are starting
- College kids are back
I don’t mind the fall. It’s pretty for photography. And, truthfully, after the hot summer we’ve had, I’m ready for it to cool off slightly. But the days get shorter and that means, eventually, daylight savings time comes and it becomes dreary.
Despite the heat of this summer, it did go pretty quick.
It’s also a tough time for my industry — especially for somebody looking for a job — because this isn’t the ideal hiring time. I guess it truly is time to start considering another career field and see what else is out there.
This summer has been OK, but I was hoping to be somewhere else by now, working and feeling what it’s like to be in that world again. Alas, nothing. It’s been a stressful and, at times, depressing stretch of time for me. Summers make it slightly easier when you’re not working because you can be outside, do some exercise, play softball or something else. Still, it’s hard because you see people going on wonderful vacations and know doing that is nearly impossible right now.
I still say something will eventually happen. It has to, right?
The change in the season isn’t always bad.
There are wonderful festivals in the fall and different things to photograph. The colors are usually quite wonderful. The air is crisp and nice. But this eventually leads to winter.
Who knows how this winter will be?
Last year was very mild. We didn’t get a lot of snow and it was decent all around. Will this year be worse? Will it be one filled with snow? Who knows.
For now, it’s still summer.
There’s still enough daylight after the “normal” work day hours to go out and do something. Take a walk. Find a geocache. Get a quick round of golf or disc golf in. Ride a bike. Go out for a paddle.
Seeing the colors on the tree really make me realize that some of these things — specifically the daylight part — will be going away for the year, soon enough. Eventually, darkness will be setting in before some people are out of work.
So take advantage of it. Get out and do something with the day. Or the weekends. And enjoy still being able to get outside in shorts and a t-shirt while you can.
But those seasons — they’re definitely a changin’.
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