Most years I anticipate the quick passage of summer and the glorious arrival of autumn. I'm not a big fan of summer - schools out, people everywhere, work is crazy, unpredictable weather, holidays over too quickly etc. I LOVE autumn and as we wrap up Halloween I find myself slipping on Christmas tunes and wondering how early I could get away with putting my Christmas decorations up I love the festive season - the decorations, the food, the gatherings, the buzz, the anticipation of the Big Day, the wrapping of presents, the carols, the cheer, the warmth, the hope for snow, the sparkle, the merriment. More years than enough, I've found myself wishing away the days and weeks to get to the festive season; to get to Advent and the countdown to the most glorious of all occasions.
But this year feels different. I didn't wish away summer like I usually do. I haven't rushed through Autumn and pined for the festive season like I usually do. In fact, I'm quite alarmed that it's almost December and Christmas is four weeks away . I'm not sure if this change is because I'm just particularly busy and distracted with a lot of stuff going on here and now...or whether, for the first time in a long time, I'm actually just enjoying the here and now. I'm enjoying whatever season and week and month I'm in - not trying to rush ahead to the next big thing or the next big day or event. Life has drummed that lesson into me this year - Enjoy the small, ordinary moments. Be here, now....laughing, engaged, present, thankful. Nothing is wasted, every season works towards something.
Real life is more than your education or job or failures or successes. Real life is the heart, it's love, laughter, connection, being present, savouring the small details; it's the figuring out what makes you come alive, it's joy and pain and recognising both; it's honesty and curiosity and hope. Life is a shifting paradigm of paradoxes and an ever evolving kaleidoscope of emotion. I'm learning to be present to it all, here and now. On that note, here we go December and Christmas and the final act of 2017....I'm ready for you