Each year, we tend to find comfort as autumn begins; Cozy sweaters, the prized pumpkin spice everything, the admirable colors surrounding us as the leaves change. All of a sudden this overwhelming happiness seems to set in as we feel the autumn breeze and just breathe a little.
Why does the changing of the season bring this annual sensation? What is it about autumn that warms up your heart?
As the leaves begin to fall and the humid weather fades away from a busy summer schedule, we let go of the stresses from the previous season and take in the beauty of change.
And just like the leaves falling, letting go of what they held onto all summer long, change is a beautiful part of life.
While change can be a good thing, it can be intimidating as well. After all, many people admit that change is one of their biggest fears. That is completely understandable though because in order to change, something new has to replace something old. Something within your comfort zone has to disappear.
So how do we take it in? How do we embrace the new and allow ourselves to grow?
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth, or step back into safety.” - Abraham Maslow
Know where you want to begin. You must start by understanding what it is that you need to change. What can you let go of to allow yourself to grow? Or maybe a change has been forced upon you.
Start by simply having the faith that you can withstand this trial in your life.
Commit to your goals. Do what you need to do to become the best version of yourself, even if it’s just one small step a day. Remember that you don’t need to explain yourself to others, and push yourself to keep going.
Keep your head up. It isn’t going to be easy. No flowers without the rain, right?
Focus your energy on the positives coming into your life, and remember that this moment is here for a reason. Remember to keep your faith and that new doors will open when it is time.
Be proud of yourself. You will get there. When you do, celebrate. Be proud of how far you’ve come and how strong you were able to be. You could have ran. You could have let go and not accepted what needed to change, but you didn’t.
You became the person you thought you never could, and that itself is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
So don’t fear the change. It will come, and that’s inevitable. You can play it safe, or you can learn to grow; it’s your call. But remember, we wouldn’t get to appreciate the graceful autumn colors if the leaves didn’t learn to let go and begin again.