‘Life simply means reinventing yourself everyday’ (Virginia Andrews)
It is change of season now, though you wouldn’t believe it with the last week of warm weather London has experienced. But perhaps what makes this unusual late summer all the sweeter is the fact that we know this may be the last of the flipflops and picnics in the parks before autumn and winter roll in. Our southern hemisphere counterparts are enjoying the promise and anticipation that spring brings. So regardless of where you are in the world, nature is alerting us to this change: the sun takes a different position in the sky, the leaves turn a different shade…
I love change of season, whether it be spring or autumn no matter. It is refreshing and feels like a time of renewal, and well…change. I feel it is a great time to do a bit of an audit of your life: your goals for the new season, new exercise activities and hobbies, clearing out of the previous seasons clothes (and possibly shopping for new season clothes?!). Since I’ve completed my dissertation I’ve been on a big mission: springcleaning, or in my case autumn-cleaning with a vengeance! The last few weeks have been spent cleansing and decluttering my life – my desk, home, wardrobe and anything else I can dramatically proclaim I no longer need! By doing this I feel I’m clearing the decks for a new stage, a new season. Instinctually it just feels right, and has been wonderfully cathartic!
But this ‘autumn-cleaning’ doesn’t just pertain to my material world, but to all other aspects of my life too. It’s a great time to re-evaluate my exercise and fitness goals, to set new ones, to try other activities, so that my interest and motivation doesn’t get stale. This can be invigorating and exciting! But lets be honest, most of us don’t like change that is thrust upon us, when we have no choice. But change that we choose and initiate? Well, that can be really refreshing and empowering. It gives us authority over our lives (or some parts!) and that is often the key to motivation and performing at our best.
So why not embrace the change of season and audit your exercise regime (or lack thereof): set a new goal for the impending season, try a new activity. Perhaps you want to get outdoors to run more, or do more yoga. Maybe you want to join a dance class or take up fencing…It’s a new season and time for new adventures!