Every day it is becoming more and more autumn-like. A greater chill in the air, a few more leaves showing signs of their inner fire, readying for their yearly death. Autumn is like watching the final throes of a mighty leviathan, awesome in majesty and sobering in intensity. It is Nature, readying for the hibernation period of her annual metamorphosis. One of the things I missed even more than my family when I lived in Key West was the change of seasons. There is something lovely about smelling frangipani and night jasmine every night of the year, its cloying scent intoxicating and dizzying as you brush by ever-green and living leaves. There is an enchantment there, but it wasn’t for me.
Life is full of seasons. You don’t always know when one stops and another begins when you’re living it, but looking back at your life you can see the different chapters in your book. It seems fitting and necessary to me that I experience the seasons in Nature and attempt to appreciate all of them for what they are: a part of Life. There is pleasure and there is pain in every season, to be fully existent in the present you have to be willing to embrace them both as part of the whole. I’m not a fan of numbed toes in the winter, or snot that has dripped from my nose and frozen on my face, but one of my goals is to learn to accept it. Complaining about the weather is like spitting on the tide, expecting the sea to cease her endless ebb and flow. It is useless and purposeless.
A song for you, by Wovenhand. It’s called Winter Shaker and like all of David Eugene Edwards’ music is full of passion and reverence with a stream of wild gypsies flowing through. If you enjoy this check out 16 Horsepower as well. His music always makes me think of Nature in her rawest and purest form for some reason. It seemed fitting with this post. [note: I'm having an awful lot of trouble getting this video to embed for some reason. This is my final attempt for now because I have more to do than troubleshoot a blog post all day. If it doesn't work, just click through to watch the video. Thanks!]