The dark days are here, again.

It always seems to catch up to me, surprising me every year.  The inky darkness of Fall which stealthily creeps into our lives, unannounced.  Not long ago the sun didn’t set till late evening, and now almost suddenly, by early evening the light is slowing fading away.

I guess this could symbolize time in general, in our lives.  How we take for granted how precious it is to us, and under estimate how quickly it passes.  No matter how many years pass by me, I am still amazed at how quickly time passes.

I don’t mind the darkness. Actually, I prefer it for the most part to Summer.  Fall and Winter feel like a cold, quiet security blanket for my consciousness.  It envelops my soul, insulating me from the outside world.

I enjoy how time seems to slow down during these seasons.  The birds quiet down, the trees lose their leaves,  and silence fills the empty space, like a vacuum.

Some of my favorite holidays occur during this time.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Fall leaves, Jack O Lanterns, turkey and stuffing. What is there not to love? The New Year ushers in the sense and hope of new beginnings.

After Fall and Winter pass, Spring will arrive, and then Summer.  Summer will pass, and Fall will be here, once again. We are all caught in a finite loop, as the world turns and circles the sun. At least until we meet our untimely end.

Life runs in cycles. Right now, I am just along for the ride.

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