Let it be known first that I am, undoubtedly, a summer girl (yep, just like the LFO song). I love the sunshine, hot days at the pool, sipping wine on the patio and that beautiful evening hour when the sun is both up and down. It’s bliss. I crave summer, warm weather, beaches and the notion that yes, it’s summertime and the living is easy.
That being said, I am so excited for fall. Out of all Ohio’s bizarre season changes, this has to be the most easily defined. The leaves make a drastic and sudden change from their refreshing green to a deep and warm autumn red and yellow, high school stadiums light up the night sky on Friday nights and the cool wind makes me crave my favorite hoodie. But more importantly, fall always reminds me that summer’s over and, metaphorically speaking, it’s time to move on. Fall reminds me that change is good, it can and does happen in a way that makes you feel home in your heart, so why should life changes be so scary? Being a summer girl, early fall shows me that I can enjoy changes I once stood strong against like cold weather, heading back to school (a luxury I no longer experience…damn you, real world), and the sun going down just a little bit earlier. But just when you think you’re not ready for the change, you can’t handle what’s to come, it pleasantly surprises you with walking tacos at football games, beautiful Saturdays spent in my Ohio State hoodie and bringing back my inner childhood with haunted hayrides with friends.
I am, for better or worse, a creature of habit. When Bank One became Chase, I still called it Bank One for at least a year, despite the constant correcting from my more change-friendly roommates. I rarely embrace change, and tend to approach it the same way my dog approaches fireworks – with her tail between her legs, hovering close to something she knows (usually knocking me down in the process, mind you). I cling to what I know, and despite performing an entire show entitled “Outside the Box” during my senior year of marching band, I tend to live by the policy that the box is both safe and comfortable.
It takes effort to force yourself to change sometimes. It’s not easy and sometimes not as pretty as watching the leaves change. But just when you think you aren’t ready for the cold weather, life surprises you by giving you a football game, a cup of hot cider and a Halloween costume shopping trip with your best friends.
I’m forcing myself into cold weather, and I pray to Jim Tressel that life gives me a football game (or just a winning season for Ohio State).