Falling Forward ~ Embracing Change and Growth in Fall🍂

I attended an event last week at my university, which was a gathering organized by the clubs I’m a part of. The theme of the session was “Fall.” During this event, we were given the task of discussing what the fall season reminds us of. It was fascinating to hear everyone’s unique perspectives. For some, fall is all about the vibrant colors of the changing leaves. Others see it as a welcome relief from the scorching summer, with its pleasant weather. And then there are those who associate fall with the hustle and bustle of the semester.

As I listened to these diverse views, a thought began to take shape in my mind. Fall, to me, represents a season of slowing down, a time for personal transformation, and an opportunity to adapt to our changing surroundings. Fall is also about letting go. It’s important to understand that letting go doesn’t always mean leaving something behind or forgetting it. Sometimes, it means accepting change, especially when it’s beyond our control. Because, in the end, there might come a day when we outgrow ourselves, even when it seems like there’s no hope.

It’s surprising how a 10-minute meaningful and thoughtful conversation during an ordinary 24-hour day can help me in ways I never imagined. As I write this experience, it reminds me of a paragraph I recently read from ‘Everyone has a Story,’ which goes like this:”

I want to live. Yes! Not one but many lives in one lifetime. I want to write about myself and everyone I met, capture the essence of what it’s like to live. To be able to read everything beautiful and painful ever written and appreciate the experiences captured. All of this hoping to inspire and be inspired.

I want to learn and to teach. Yes, both, because I have had life-defining encounters that need to be shared and understood. Even so, I still have life-changing experiences, lessons to learn.

I want to be single and yet attached. Alone yet accompanied. I want to be everything and nothing, all at once!

I want it all; slowly, gradually, definitely. But is this all possible? Can one person be all these things in one lifetime? I don’t know, but I certainly want to know.

Like every other person, I have my own plans designed for my life. However, I’ve had enough experiences that proved to me that no matter how perfect my plan is, there’s no guarantee it will work out. At times, I get overly attached to my plans, making it difficult to let them go and embrace a new one. Confusion sets in, and I become indecisive when things don’t unfold as planned. Moving on to a new plan becomes very challenging. I find myself standing at the crossroads, pondering whether I should simply let life happen and go with the flow or adjust my plans without becoming too attached to them. What I’ve learned from my experiences is to embrace change. Rather than fighting it to adhere to my own way, I acknowledge that I never know what the new path might bring into my life. Therefore, I accept change, modify my plans and goals, and attempt to adapt to the new phase.

Now that the Fall season has arrived and the leaves are starting to shed, I find myself welcoming each day amidst the gradually chilling winds!

“The trees show us how lovely it is to let dead things go” ~ Anonymous

Until I share my next experience,
Keep living every day with gratitude, positivity and burning desire to live!

Teja Sree Goli

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