Autumn Leaves

Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread?

This prompt is reminding me of my philosophy class, and how we’re learning about the difference between feel-good happiness and ultimate happiness. This statement is reminding me that I should get a life outside of my schoolwork.

But going back to the happiness thing, essentially what that’s saying is that ultimate happiness can be felt even through temporary woes and mistakes because you are living a virtuous life to the best of your abilities. It’s the same with autumn. Autumn is like the ultimate happiness, and each day, each hour, or even each minute are the temporary highs and lows that come in life. There are so many things I love about this season, but the dread is there too (albeit in a very small dosage).  Continue reading

August Blues

As a kid, were you happy or anxious about going back to school? Now that you’re older, how has your attitude toward the end of the summer evolved?

We’ve all heard it before.

“I’m not ready for this summer to be over!”

“Ugh, I don’t want to back to school yet.”

I just don’t agree with them.

As a kid, my family wasn’t big into vacations. We’d go on a nice weekend trip to see family, but never anything like a trip to Disneyland or a week-long cruise. Don’t worry, Mom and Dad; I’m not mad about that. Looking back, that trip to Disneyland probably would’ve been a nightmare compared to those trips I loved to take to Connecticut to see my aunt and uncle. Give me the Mark Twain house over two-hour-long lines for everything any day. I’m being completely serious here.  Continue reading