Happy Fall! We know that Fall gets a bad rap since it means the sun goes down earlier and the weather cools, but we’re going to take a stance here: Fall is great. There’s so many magical things about this time of the year: the fall colors, Halloween, Thanksgiving, pies, apple picking, and the pumpkin spiced everything (if that’s your thing). Here’s a few more reasons to appreciate fall.
- The Fall equinox happens at the exact minute when the sun crosses the equator. While off the bat, that might seem “eh” to you, it gets better. The equinox happens simultaneously across the time zones. It’s not like the eclipse we experienced on August 21, where it traveled slowly across the country, each time zone experiencing it on its own. This is something that happens at one moment, bonding us all in the beginning of fall.
- As the sun approaches the equator, the length of the days and the nights become even. If that’s not beautiful symmetry, we don’t know what is.
- In the fall, we’re gifted with the opportunity to slow down. Throughout the summer, the places to go and people to see seem to triple. We’re busier than ever. We also get that feeling of FOMO when we skip something . We feel guilty that we want to stay inside and not enjoy the sunshine and the warm weather. When the fall arrives, we get chance to stop and think about what’s really important to us and spend our time doing just that.
- Your chances of seeing the northern lights just increased. Significantly. NASA says that now is the best time to see the northern lights. Why? Darkness. To see this wonder of the world, you’re going to need some darkness. Any light, either natural or man-made, take away from the Aurora Borealis. There’s also geomagnetic activities that can occur that expand the regions where you can view the Aurora — which are twice as likely to occur after the Fall equinox. Seeing the Northern Lights has always been on my bucket list, so just knowing that the likelihood has increased makes me feel grateful for fall. (Source)
- It’s a fresh start. Maybe you lost track of your 2017 resolutions as the summer hustle & bustle fell upon you and now you have the time to get back on track. Maybe the thought of fall puts you in the “back to school” mindset – you’re ready to learn, take on something new, or just focus back on that project that’s stopped you at a roadblock. Maybe there’s an aspect of your life where you feel that it’s time to just scrap the plans and try it a new way (like the leaves changing color and starting all over again). Listen to yourself, think about what’s important to you, and let this fall be the refresh that you need.