What I learned Summer 2023

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Last swim of the summer

It was a different type of Summer. I felt like I lived four seasons in one: 

Fall - When I think of Fall, I think of leaves turning. I believe I turned this summer. How so? I made peace with my past and I decided to change based on my experiences and insights. I was more reserved. I was still friendly but not as wide open as I often was in the past. This allowed me to allow friendships to fall where they may, no matter how undeveloped. 

Winter - Winter is a fair season. Fair because things die. Some come back another season, others do not. I experienced this fairness in a way where I made peace with some not-so-good things in me that needed to die. Winter offers a refining that no other season does. I think that's a better way to describe what I went through. Just that completing work that refining does in the character of a person. I believe that winter also teaches us not to give up. 

Spring - I saw myself blossoming this summer. I've been working on certain skills that bloomed this summer. Spring is about seeing beautiful things grow. I'm also grateful for the blooming I saw in our family this summer. 

Summer - I can say that summer is my favorite season. Without properly preparing for it, we may not enjoy it as much. Being hydrated works every season, but in the summer, you don't want to be dehydrated. I learned that preparation is essential to enjoy every season of life. 

Previously in this series:

• Spring 2018

• Summer 2018

• Fall 2018

• Winter 2019

• Spring 2019

• Summer 2019

• Fall 2019

• Winter 2020

• Spring 2020

• Summer 2020

• Fall 2020

• Winter 2021

• Spring 2021

• Summer 2021

• Fall 2021

• Winter 2022

• Spring 2022

• Summer 2022  
• Fall 2022
• Winter 2023

Spring 2023