Despite the shorter days I’ve managed to rack up over 100 miles in October – far more than September and only a couple of miles below June and August. Now, I’m not sure exactly why this is, but I’m pretty sure my ongoing love affair with autumn has something to do with it.There are so many reasons why I love autumn – the warm, golden light that seems so much richer than the bright summer sun; the food (see previous post!); the colour of the leaves; the glorious sunrises and sunsets; and also the last few weeks of warmth which are appreciated so much more when I know that they’re fast running out. Another – entirely personal – reason is that I’m so much happier than I was this time last year and it’s making such in a difference in the way that I notice and enjoy my surroundings.Exactly a year ago, I made the brave/daft decision to quit a job that was making me extremely unhappy and then proceeded to spend the next three months happily digging a vegetable patch and spending as much time as possible outdoors while trying to decide what to do next.
Since then, I have been incredibly lucky to find a job that suits me so much better and it has made a massive difference to my general outlook on life. I’ve always spent a lot of time outside, but for most of last year my walks were spent dwelling on what would be waiting for me on Monday morning, or what went wrong the week before; I could have been in the most beautiful place imaginable but I would have been too bogged down in my worrying to really, truly enjoy it.What a difference a year has made! Last October I took a leap of faith and decided that I couldn’t – and wouldn’t – continue to be unhappy, and I have not regretted my decision at all. Autumn has traditionally been a time of thanksgiving, and over the past few weeks I have had time to reflect on just how much I have to be thankful for. I always chatter away when I’m walking, and I’ve recently taken to telling Sam (in great detail) just how happy I am on our autumnal strolls. I’m not entirely sure whether that’s a huge improvement on my relentless complaining, but he hasn’t asked me to stop yet!
I feel much more tuned in to my environment and the result is that I’m able to really make the most of whatever activity I happen to have chosen, whether that’s gardening, foraging, starting random crafty activities, or simply rambling along. I genuinely am so grateful for the changes that I’ve had the opportunity to make over the year, and for all of the people who continue to put up with my endless commentary on all of the above.
Thankfully, I don’t feel the need to make any drastic changes this autumn and so instead am simply taking a moment to appreciate all of the small things from over the past month that remind me of how important it is to aim for happiness every single day.To everyone who continues to make life so wonderful – thank you. Happy autumn.