As we, in the Northern Hemisphere mark the passing of Summer and the start of Fall, or Autumn, as we call it where I grew up, way down south in New Zealand, I used to begin to slow down from the frenetic pace of Summer "fun", relax and enjoy the calmness, the crispness and most of all the beauty of the russet colours that define the season for us.
As an expatriate New Zealander, now living in a place where there are only two seasons each year (Wet and Dry), I do sometimes nostalgically look back (through rose-tinted glasses, no doubt) at the time when I lived somewhere where there were four very distinct seasons and I miss them. I often joke with people who ask about the climate here in The Philippines, that there are three seasons here: hot - bloody hot, and unbearably hot. Often is the time I've sat out the front of our modest little abode here in Manila, the sweat dripping unheeded down my forehead and wistfully longed for one of those Antarctic southerlies that would sweep up the length of New Zealand and deluge us with icy wind, freezing rain and the promise of snow.
Yet, I can vividly remember sitting in the depths of one particularly bitter southern winter and turning to my shivering son, saying; "why on God's green earth, would anyone ever choose to live in such a Godforsaken, freezing place such as this?" ( I may have used slightly stronger language than that - but you get the point, right?)
The answer my friend, is simple - it was home.
My uptake from all this reminiscing is fairly straightforward - wherever you are, whatever your circumstances, you are exactly where you are supposed to be at the exact time you are supposed to be there - so make the very best of what you have today. It's okay to reminisce, but not for too long - live in the moment and enjoy everything your current world has to offer.
EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITIES LIFE PRESENTS TO YOU AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!
HAVE A GREAT LIFE AND SPREAD THE LOVE!
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