Last week I was playing soccer, as I do every Monday night with my summer league, but by the end of the second half the girls and I were squinting to see the ball because all of a sudden it was dark at 8 pm. The season is coming to a close, but this time, this summer, it feels like something more.
Autumn is my absolute favourite season. It’s when we chose to get married. It’s the beginning of the school year (for Canadians at least). It’s when I can whip out my favourite wardrobe items, like blazers and boots and scarves (oh how I love scarves! I have about 15, no joke), and layer my outfits without dying from the heat.
So while I’m certainly looking forward to the next season approaching, there’s a part of me that feels like with the end of this summer it’s almost the end of a chapter for Matthew and I as well. Like when we’re old and wrinkly we’ll look back on this time and say to each other, “Hey hunny – remember those three years we spent in our ghetto-fab one bedroom apartment in Ottawa, never further than 10 feet away from each other, plugging away at full-time school and work, drinking way too much wine and eating way too much cheese, having slumber parties in our living room and watching movie marathons on the weekends? Remember the good ole days?”
|Goofing around at a picnic in the park on the weekend|
That being said, more often than not, life is good. We’re living in “the good ole days” right now. And I’m so grateful for that. Like my new blog friend Erika says, “Gratitude is a perspective – a way of seeing the world.” For me, it’s also about being mindful and being present. I’m learning to stop jumping ahead to the future and think about how one day we’ll have this and this and this and then life will be so great. Instead, I’m learning to appreciate that life is great right now. You know those times when you’re surrounded by fabulous company, or you’re reading the perfect book on a Saturday afternoon, or sunlight is streaming through the windows as you enjoy a late morning in bed? It’s during those times that my heart swells and I smile, take a mental picture, and think, “This is what contentment feels like. This is perfect.”
It’s during those times that I pause and think, “I’m livin’ the good ole days right now.”
PS: Taylor recently wrote a really wonderful post about this topic which actually sparked the inspiration for me! Read Taylor’s take on it here.