Summer officially starts in just a couple of days. For me, summer is what I wait for all year. As a bona fide California girl, I thrive in the warm (read, “hot”) weather. Moving to a place with four seasons has been a big adjustment for me and I confess, it’s not one of my favorite things about my new hometown. My husband relishes the changing scenery outside our windows and with it, the different lifestyles each season brings.
What occurs to me is that our varying response to the weather reflects our different approaches to life’s changes. Many people, like my husband, embrace the external changing of the seasons. They love to watch the leaves turn in the fall, they enjoy the stark landscape and cold days of winter, they relish the anticipation of new growth in the spring and in summer, they can’t get enough of the outdoors. These folks also thrive in the day-to-day routine of life, heading out to work each day and appreciating the predictability.
After living in a place of perpetual summer all my life, moving to Nashville has been a challenge. I am a person who loves change, but to me, change is an internal thing. I like the consistency in my external world so that I can face life’s transitions. When my routine is unaffected by extreme weather, I can ride the ups and downs unencumbered.
These days my home nest is empty. Without the demands of fulltime childcare, the season of my life is changing again. With that, I have lots of questions. Now that I have extra time and energy for my own interests, where will I spend it? Do I expand my professional life or find some new hobbies? Do I just enjoy the free time and read or do some additional volunteer work? And finally, do I embrace growing older or fight the passing years?
As women, I believe our lives are in constant motion. It’s both exhilarating and exhausting. So it is at the start of summer that I take stock of where I’ve been and ponder where I’m going. It’s true I prefer this external season, but I’m learning to also appreciate the changing view outside my window and balance it with the real storms inside me. The seasons do go ‘round and ‘round and whatever change means for you, take this opportunity to rest, reflect and recharge.