Yes, I'm THAT person who calls upon a season before its official arrival. Sorry but not sorry. Here are 4 reasons why I pre-declare the seasons:
1. It makes me less grumpy
It sounds kind of weird, but it’s true. In the past, when that official fall date came it was so depressing. In my mind, fall means winter and winter means freezing. Being a Montréaler, I dreaded winter as a teenager. Thoughts of the wind chill wreaking havoc on my bones would make me want to cry sometimes.
Okay slightly dramatic, but you get the point.
By jumping into a new season before its time, allows me to ease into it better. And quite honestly, it has allowed me to develop a great appreciation for seasonal changes. I don’t cling to summer as much as I used to.
2. I enjoy looking forward to new things
That’s just the nature of who I am. I like new experiences. I get bored easily. I give ‘change’ one big hug. Even when that change is miserable and unpleasant, over time I eventually find myself thanking ‘change’ for what it has done for me. Just like the earth has this natural seasonal rhythm to it, so do our lives.
We go through seasons in our private worlds and it’s beautiful knowing that no two seasons are alike. When we’re in a bad place—whether emotionally, financially, or spiritually, we can look forward to a brighter place. In seasons of beauty and cheer, we can count on the strength we’ve built up to carry us through the inevitable dark patch.
3. Prepares me for the future
Planning has never come naturally to me. But having this mindset is really helping me prepare for things I want to do and need to do in the near future. It helps me avoid being caught off-guard and more pragmatic about how I manage my time.
I have ADHD, so the very thought of planning and thinking about the future used to terrify me and cause my brain to shutdown. Literally. Declaring fall is here, even though it officially isn’t, is like a little mind game I play to get me excited about planning.
4. Because it’s fun annoying my friends
Out of love of course. The minute I make the declaration about the next season, I get verbally stoned by my friends. And then we all hold our bellies laughing and gasping for air. It’s become a “thing” that I do now, and it’s fun being made fun of sometimes. Without fail, my friends and I get a good, solid laugh and it’s moments like that that are truly priceless.
On Instragram this fall I’ll be using the hashtag #haifall for a number of my posts. You should too...instead of something generic like #fall2014. I’d love to see what other people are up to this fall and we can encourage each other when warmth in the air officially starts to fade.