With fall around the corner (insert major whining on my part) I figured I should probably stop using this photo I took last summer. While I'm not exactly a huge fan of the season, it is one of the two major seasons of change. Contrary to spring, where it's all about regrowth and addition, Autumn is a season of decay and removal (or as Voldemort would put it, "cutting away the canker"). It's about adapting to new climates and leaving behind hints of past seasons and turning towards a new direction which is awfully very fitting with where I am personally. It's the start of school for most kids in the west and although January 1st is typically the time where people try and let go of the past, it's dead in the middle between the first season of change and the second. Personally I've always found that my life changes and I have to remove things from it during September. I'm starting here. I chose colors that reminded me, not of the end of summer whose approach I'm still heavily in denial of, but of Thanksgiving and change. Thanksgiving is a holiday I'm always wary of celebrating due to its historical context but it's the one holiday where there's a great shift of warmth in the otherwise cold atmosphere. It's like summer abroad in a different season. It's always a weird time where I think about everything that's changed in the past year and what bits of it I'm thankful for in a positive way, and what bits I'm thankful for because I was able to learn from how negative they were. I've always found it difficult to be positive so I usually seek solace in change and progress instead, which is why I started my #100DaysOfProgress project on instagram earlier this summer. The warm colors and cool background are to remind me that I don't have to become colder as the environment does. The colder seasons are always rough on me but this time around, rather than allow the change in climate to make me inactive as it so often does, I'm going to try my best find important things that need changing, and change them.
|The new background is a crop of this photo I took with my first film SLR in the winter of 2011/2012|
As for the header, I decided to switch from one object in the title of this blog to the next. We're bidding farewell to Jones Soda bottles and welcoming in paper cranes.