It is my favorite time of year. Leaves are falling off of trees, and the weather drops a few degrees. Oh, and football is back. I have no complaints about autumn. I start scroll through Instagram; I see plaid shirts, and pumpkin patch pictures.
I see tailgates, hay rides, and Browning jackets. No season understands me better than the fall. Why? Because no one wants to sweat bullets walking across campus at 8:00 in the morning. No one wants to see the sweat stains on your blue t-shirt.
People want to wear jeans again, they want to roll down the window and blare Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." People want to sit by a fire and listen to "Everything Has Changed," by Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. Well, I high key want to do these things.
Fall is great. Halloween is right around the corner. Thanksgiving is just one month away. Everything is going well, right? How could it not be? Well for me, this is the best, and worst time of the year.
It is the time when midterms and finals hit me like a brick. It is the time when seasonal depression is at its finest. It is sappy like a Hallmark Christmas movie, and it is heartbreaking like Nicholas Spark's "The Best of Me."
Don't worry, fall. You are still my favorite. However, this is the time of year when you have to be careful. You have to take care of yourself, exercise, and use that Neti Pot. You have to get up every morning and get to class, even when you'd rather just sit in bed and watch "Friends" all day.
You have to stay focused, even when you want to stay up at night watching the "13 Nights of Halloween" movie marathon. What I'm trying to say is, don't fall in the fall. Don't give up when it gets cold. Don't be afraid to reach out to your friends when you're in your room crying about that final you prepared all week for. Don't let the hype of the holiday christmas season, and your "single" relationship status get in the way of your success.
Fall is probably the most beautiful time of the year. Sometimes though, we get so caught up in the excitement. If you are like me, your expectations in the fall are high. Everything has to be perfect. You have to have that pumpkin patch picture. You have to have that eno pic of you just kicking it. Well yes, all of that is true.
However, just remember to stop, and soak in the moment. Enjoy the the football, relish the time you get to spend with your loved ones over Thanksgiving. Hug your grandma, and tell her you love her at the Christmas dinner. Remember, you are in college and you are growing up. Well, your grandparents are getting older too, and you don't know how much time you will have with them.
Most importantly, have the time of your life. It is the best time of the year. Just know that while you are having fun, protect yourself. Don't let the change in seasons keep you from accomplishing your goals.
So, take a shot off that espresso, turn on some music and get back to work. Have the best fell yet. Cheers to you, you can do it.