It’s official – summer is over! The vibrant green colors of warmer and brighter days are but a faint memory. When I look around now, I see a sharp contrast to the lush green of summer. I see vivid colors of orange, muted brown, burgundy red, tawny taupe and sunny yellows sprinkling the landscape.
I’m reminded of how the changes in the seasons mimic the days of our lives. I’m reminded of how transitional life is; how we seamlessly transcend from one season to another.
As a child, summers were full of carefree days playing games outside like hopscotch, red light, hide and seek and any other games our creative minds could conjure up during summer recess. Our only goal was to have fun before we transitioned to adulthood.
Summers remind me of those carefree days before I grew into young adulthood (before marriage, children, and a multitude of other responsibilities) when my primary goal in life was to have matching shoes for my ever-growing wardrobe.
And as quickly as summer passes, fall and autumn emerge. And before you know it, the summers of your life turn slowly into autumn years. You have to wonder, where did the time go?
It seems, one day I was a child, a young adult ready to conquer the world, then as quick as lighting strikes I was a middle age woman and “bam” – here I am moving toward yet another transition.
You’ve heard the saying “youth is wasted on the young”. I take that to simply mean when you are a full fledged adult your perspective changes and are aware that you would have made different choices if you had known what you know now.
How different would your life be had you known just a smidging of what you know now?
How many more untapped dreams could you have pursued?
How much more joy could you have experienced?
Of course, everything looks different in retrospect. But your life experiences are not recorded on a digital camera where you can delete the pictures that don’t meet with your approval. You must experience each transition so that you can learn from it and become wiser and more mature. When you’re much younger, the notion that each day represents an opportunity to learn a lesson and grow is pretty much a foreign concept.
In my youth, I had no idea what it meant to live my dream. In fact, back then I didn’t have the focus or wisdom to even know what my dream was. The wisdom and the experiences I have had could only come through the transitions and knowledge I have gained as I navigate my way through life stages.
I choose to view each transition as just another season that I will embrace, savor, enjoy and know that I am blessed to have reached another season in my life.
Be grateful for each accomplishment, milestone, and transition that you are blessed to experience. Your unique talents are just waiting to be unmasked. Begin today to use each of your experiences as a platform for growth, development and pursuing your dreams.
Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and speaker. Gladys combines years of experience, training and a genuine commitment to helping nurses, teachers, therapists and other care giving women to set limits so they have more time, and energy to devote to self-care.