Updated: May 11
We are often taught to think of the four seasons as distinct entities, each with its own set of clear qualities. However, there exist micro-seasons that remain nameless yet possess unique and distinct personalities. Take, for instance, that beautiful week that falls between summer and autumn. This week boasts the perfect temperature, encapsulating all the beauty of summer while avoiding its drawbacks. Summer, after all, tends to be a season of purposelessness, a time where one might feel they're doing nothing. This last week, however, carries with it a sense of purpose, signaling the beginning of a new chapter in life. Whether it's people returning to work, students heading back to school, or football season kicking off, this week brims with possibilities and a chance to start anew. However, this sense of purpose doesn’t come without abscission.
As we embark on this new journey, we're faced with the concept of packing, not just in a physical sense but also on an emotional and psychological level. We're left to ponder what to bring with us and what to leave behind. We might take our favorite pair of sunglasses, a worn-out pair of boots, or a sweat-stained denim jacket, but we also carry with us past traumas, obligations, a sense of duty, and guilt from our previous lives. It's a daunting task to determine what to keep and what to let go of.
What should I take and what should I leave? Why are we hoarders of horrors?