My naked feet touched the cold, wet grass. The cool breeze gave me a chill. My open hair blew and I was overwhelmed with calmness and serenity. My dark black eyes under deep set eyebrows reflected the vast lush green trees and dotted colorful small flowers. Where was I? In a beautiful foreign country? In a landscape? In a grassland? Well, I was in the park in front of my house. It is an at the most ordinary park with nothing special. But the season of autumn makes everything beautiful and alive. Autumn- my favorite time of the year. With frequent rain showers and a pleasant weather, autumn is the season of love. It fills hearts with joy and color. Makes us fall in love, with each other, with nature. It soothes the soul and frees the mind.
But is there another meaning to autumn? Yes, of course. Autumn is the season when tress shed their old leaves and grow new ones. I am sure we all know this. It’s the way of nature. What is so special about it? The way of nature itself makes it important, and of significance.
Why do trees shed their leaves? Is it because trees are heartless, emotionless? Aren’t the leaves not worth anymore? Do the trees not care? According to me, they just realize the concept of moving on. Of letting go off the past experiences and getting ready for new challenges. To look forward to the new start, new season in their life. To look forward to the new year with happiness and acceptance.
If trees, who are motile creatures can accept this phase of life, then why can’t we, as humans- the greatest in all the beings inhabiting this earth- not accept the simple epistemology of moving on? Why can we not accept change as a way of nature? Something which is bound to happen, will happen. No matter how much we delay it. Scraping off the past mistakes and welcoming the future opportunities is an integral part of life.
But is it easy to just move on and accept life as it comes? Is it easy to let go of all that we have hung onto? Is it easy to forget our past mistakes and start again? To give ourselves a new chance? Of course not. It isn’t easy for the trees too. It is not easy for them to let go of the old leaves that had become a part of them, a part of their identity. We, as humans, too feel afraid of changing our identity, our true self.
But tell me, do we even know what our true self is? How do we define ourselves? There is no one definition of a human being. We keep evolving. No one, not even you yourself know the real you. All we our today is a sum of all our past experiences, the slightest of incidents, our wins and losses. We are an accumulation of all our conversations and all our relationships. Each book we read, each film we watch, each person we meet, leaves an impact on us.
Tell me then, should growing up and out be that difficult? If trees don’t shed their leaves, how will flowers blossom and fruits ripe again? If we don’t shed off our old part, how will the new happiness and goodness come? This autumn, along with the trees, let’s shed our past mistakes and regrets and welcome new experiences. Happy Autumn!
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