Words by Marisa Santillo

Fall has always been my all-time favorite season. From Halloween to pumpkin patches to cozy sweaters and the crisp air, there is nothing that I do not love about fall. One of my other favorite things about fall is that it is truly the season for a fresh start. 

“Notice how the trees do not cling to their leaves. Fall is about releasing the old to make way for the new.” – Unknown

The thought of the trees letting go of their leaves every year gives me a sense of peace. It serves as a reminder that, like the trees, I too have grown and blossomed another year, and there comes a point every year when there are things I have to let go of to continue my growth. Autumn has always been the season that inspires me to let go of things I am unhappy with, try new things that help me grow and blossom into the person who I am meant to become. 

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go” – Unknown

The act of letting go is one that is beautiful and graceful. One of my favorite sights to see is the leaves beginning to turn into a beautiful arrangement of colors, and after they do, they decide to let go so delicately. Over time, a new life begins. Seeing the leaves fall always gives me the greatest sense of peace within myself and reminds me that after letting go there is an opportunity for “new life” to begin through a new job, memories, friendships, relationships and even giving more love to myself. It is only after we let things go that we are truly able to grow. 

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Fall always reminds me to keep a thankful and grateful heart. Instead of focusing on the things we are unable to have, it is important to appreciate the people and things that we do have. Being grateful for every opportunity and every day will allow us to truly have the fresh start that fall welcomes. 

Autumn has the power to show us many things if we have the courage to find them.

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