If you haven’t heard the news, Pumpkin Spice Latte’s are back at Starbuck’s aka the All-American sign that fall is coming. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fall (I’m an October baby), but I wish we had more days of the sweet summer left. Honestly though, I probably have less to complain about since I’m in Los Angeles, and let’s be real… summer never really ends here. The other day I was reflecting with a friend and we started talking about how 2016 has been such a fast but challenging year for us both. Between school and our personal lives, we’re ready to fast forward to December and welcome in 2017. When Starbucks made their Pumpkin Spice Latte announcement I had to pause for a second and ask myself “Wait it’s almost fall? How did we get here so fast?!”
If you’re anything like me, you see a new season as an opportunity for growth and for change. For instance, how many times, did you go on a “spring diet” to get your body together in the last days before summer? Or like I just mentioned above, how many of you see the new year as an opportunity to start fresh? Truthfully, I think a lot of times, we tie a lot of our phases in life into the calendar seasons. But what happens when life doesn’t line up that way?
I wish I could say that my struggles from the past few months were coming to an end and that fall would be a season of new beginnings. But in reality, the things I have on my plate will be extending into the fall and likely the winter too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to try to start anew and use the last quarter of the year to really buckle down on the things I didn’t accomplish in the earlier months, but I also realize that sometimes the seasons of our life don’t necessarily line up with the ones on our calendars.
When I was in college, I craved reaching the end of the semester because I knew that once I walked out of my final exams, the new upcoming semester would be a blank slate and I could start fresh academically. Now imagine if you were anticipating for your least favorite class to finish at the end of the semester and your professor announces that instead of ending, it’s going to continue and run into the next semester. Sometimes that’s how life works. While I wish that Sept 22nd (the first day of fall) would be a period to start anew, I know that somethings from previous seasons including consequences of mistakes from earlier in the year will carry over.
I’m not saying that we still can’t try to improve, learn, grow and be our best selves in the new season. But sometimes, as much as we don’t want them to, our struggles, issues, mistakes, and obstacles stick around for a lot longer than we’d like. With that being said, I just wanted to send a bit of encouragement to anyone who’s going through things that you’re ready to shake off (I know I am!).
Here’s a few quotes and verses that help get me through hard periods in life:
Galatians 6:9 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.“
Acts 1:7 – “He said to them, It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.“
“All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within” -Horace Friess
“Autumn is a second spring, where every leave is a flower” -Albert Camus
Ecclesiastes 3:3-8 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…“
Our leaf may not turn when the calendar tells it to, but have faith that that day will come eventually. Let us pray and hope for the strength to make it through until that day comes, even if our new season doesn’t perfectly line up with what our calendars say.