Afloat on the Salish Sea
Linda Tenney afloat on the Salish Sea ~ Marcella Andrews photo
With the sparkle of heavy dew covering the landscape each morning, it appears that fall has arrived! Maybe a little earlier than hoped for or anticipated!
No matter. Rather than lament the dwindling heat of summer, I've come to recognize the fall as a time of new starts and renewed energy. Yes, it certainly does mean the end of summer, but I also recall from my childhood the excitement of new school supplies, new classes to attend, making new friends, and meeting up with old friends missed during the summer. As an adult, a surge of renewed entrepreneurial spirit always surged through my veins at this time of the year -- it was back to work with hopeful visions of success.
Here and now, a cooler snap to the air, the subtle fall colours of Vancouver Island and the rustle of wings heading south for the winter, only serve to remind me that this coming season has its own unique traditions and opportunities - ones to be celebrated and shared.
Just a short while ago, right at the end of summer, I decided to try kayaking for the first time. I had done my share of canoeing, but kayaks seemed to wobble and tip too easily (at least to me) and I could only envision a cold dunk in the ocean. Yet, I gathered my gumption and rented a cute little yellow Pelican and shoved off from the shore of Qualicum Beach. Five minutes later, I was in the 'zone', paddling parallel to the shore like I had been doing it all my life ... enjoying a new passion I didn't realize I had.
I thought about something as I was out there. It wasn't about how wonderful paddling along in my kayak was, and it was nothing about the trip itself. I simply realized that this new vantage point gave me a whole new view of things. The shore looked different. New. Undiscovered. Here ... this place I knew so well, still offered exciting experiences. I suddenly became a visitor again - someone who wanted to see and do it all. Everything was shiny and new ... and definitely fun.
I encourage you to take the time to see things from a new perspective this season. Try something you've never tried before. Tuck into one of the upcoming seasonal art shows or tours. Sign up for a photography field trip with a local photographer. My photographer buddy, Randy Hall, comes to mind. Try horseback riding ... the brisk wind of fall blowing through your hair as you race through an open field. Put your boots on and head for one of our spectacular local regional trails ... maybe you'll spot a Great Horned Owl for the first time.
Never underestimate the joy of change and discovery. Growing older doesn't mean your childlike-wonder and awe is gone ... it may just need some coaxing. Find something that re-ignites your passion. That special thing that just blows your socks off! Our neck of the woods on Vancouver Island is a veritable oasis of things to do, and all you have to do is choose. So choose something today, and something else tomorrow.
If not now, when? If not here, where?