It was bound to start happening, and it did a few weeks ago. I’m beginning to see subtle changes hinting at the imminent end of summer. However, the most notable change: it’s starting to be dark dark when I wake up in the morning.
I normally wake up at 5:30am and one of my favorite things about summer is getting up in the morning and being greeted by a bright sunny morning. A cool, sunny, summer morning in the early hours just after dawn is hard to beat! I love going for a walk or heading off to some outdoor adventure on mornings like this! The air is still and cool, the temperatures haven’t become too hot yet, the colors are so vibrant from the light cast by the sun that is low on the horizon, and not many people are up and about yet, especially on the weekends. They don’t know what they’re missing, but I don’t mind. It makes me feel like I have the whole morning to myself.
So for me, it’s always a little disheartening, to see the first few dark mornings in the waning days of summer, because it reminds me that winter and its dark, rainy, cold mornings is not far behind. Those first dark mornings also remind me of something else: to enjoy and appreciate each remaining summer morning as much as I can, before the season is over.
There are a lot of other things in life that we only have the opportunity to enjoy it for a season like:
- Living in a specific neighborhood, city or state that we really enjoy, but eventually decide to leave for other opportunities.
- Good friends we enjoy spending time with, who move away or whose life circumstances make it more challenging to spend the time with them that we once did.
- Children, who eventually move out to attend college, join the military, or to follow other pursuits.
While it can be tough to experience the loss of relationships, places, or things as we’ve always known them, I think it should also remind us to be mindful about enjoying and appreciating those people, places, and things that make us happy and bring a joy… while we currently have them.
Enjoy the time you spend with those people most important to you and actively engage with them. Really experience the places you love to visit and the things you love to do. Be present. Be grateful. And take nothing for granted. That way you’ll feel like you took full advantage of the time and experiences you had… in the season you had them.