If you know me at all, you’d know that I absolutely love autumn. At the first mention of it, as soon as August ends and September starts to loom closer, I can feel autumn in the air and immediately get excited.
As per last year, I thought I would write a little something sharing my love of autumn with all of you guys. If you love autumn as much as me, I hope this post makes you feel happy. If you don’t quite love autumn as much as me then I hope this post might start to change your mind.
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple” – JK Rowling
For me, autumn is the most thoughtful season. Autumn makes me feel so many things; it makes me feel the melancholy from my childhood years, the youthful excitement of Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night and Christmas just around the corner. I always remember walking to school in the mornings, walking through puddles, crunching through leaves… Autumn has always allowed me to let my inner child roam free, unashamed and unabashed.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Hallowe’en”
I feel so peaceful and content within myself during autumn. There’s something about the warm, glowing tones – the vibrant yellows, the glittering golds, the deep reds and the warming oranges of the leaves – that wash over me entirely and make me feel at home. The colours that cover the trees, lacing the world in glow and warmth make me so, so happy and everything looks picturesque to me.
The smells of the earth are euphoric – conkers, wet, damp earth, sodden leaves, bonfires, books, candles… All combining and contrasting to create the perfect autumnal recipe, better than any scent you can bottle and sell as a candle. Autumn is full of contrasts; the darker nights that call for more candles to be lit and more fairy lights to be hung, the colder weather that makes you want to have hot baths and drink hot drinks constantly.
“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is rising with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves” – Humbert Wolfe
For me, autumn has such a visceral energy that it’s palpable. What with the changing colours, the changes in nature and the changing weather, autumn feels like a time for fresh beginnings, new adventures and pastures new.
I definitely see autumn as the time for adventures. Maybe that’s from all those years looking forward to the new year at school in September – a fresh start, new stationery, a new class… Or maybe that’s something to do with my wild fantasies involving long treks and adventures over and through hills, forests and lakes, with all the colours of autumn in the background.
“Wild is the music of autumn winds” – William Wordsworth
Autumn is definitel the month that allows my imagination to run wild most often and freely. I see autumn as the most romantic of seasons – you can’t stop my brain imagining scenes from When Harry Met Sally or You’ve Got Mail, strolling through Central Park with the leaves falling all around you, holding hands with your partner.
I look forward to autumn every year and am always attempting to make my boyfriend love it too! (He’s such a summer baby). Though I do love summer (and spring, and winter!) there’s something about the cooler winds of autumn that make me feel like I’m breathing in fresher air, that somehow the autumn air is better for me to inhale. There’s probably no scientific reason for this, apart from the fact that I love autumn and in my romantic and imaginative mind, breathing the autumn air makes me feel happier and healthier than breathing the hot, summer air.
“Ah, September. You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul” – Peggy Toney Horton
Autumn is the season that makes me realise how beautiful life is. How exciting life can be. How much there is to live for. It makes me feel alive because of all the feelings that autumn makes me feel.
“I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature” – Friedrich Nietzsche
I hope you’re all enjoying the autumnal months!
Thanks for reading.
Love, Zoë xx