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"As we grow and develop, we realize where our true passions lie."
- Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed  


New Girl In TownWalking down the street last week, I felt something tap lightly against the side of my head.
When I looked down to see not only if it had found its way to the ground, but also what it was, I found it to be a small yellow leaf.
Mixed emotions quickly flooded through my mind as I realized this meant Autumn was upon us.
Fall brings many great things.
First, the leaves turn beautiful shades of amber, russet, cognac, ochre and burnt orange, not only providing a charming and gorgeous natural backdrop to enjoy for weeks on end, but also lending themselves to allowing those of us who communicate our view of the world through cameras to capture a beautiful moment in the year’s life cycle.
Second, with fall comes the return of fall fashion, easily making it my favourite time of year, vanity wise.
Being the kind of girl who loves to drape herself in cardigans and scarves, and who is known to wear fall colours like brown, grey, turquoise and purple no matter the season, I can tell you I couldn’t be any more excited to revisit my beloved warm, cozy, covered-up fall wardrobe.
Being able to cover myself from neck to ankle in fabric year-round would be a dream come true for me, but the hot, dry summer we experienced this year threw a bit of a kink in that plan.
But enough about clothing.
This season also tends to be the time of year I revel in, for lack of a better word, nostalgia.
Growing up, fall was always my favourite season.
It meant the return to school – yes, I have always been an incredible nerd – big piles of raked leaves to jump and play in, Thanksgiving and Halloween, my birthday, and it meant Christmas wasn’t far off.
Now that I’m older, there is an indescribable feeling that I get every fall which takes me right back to that time in my life, and makes me long for my family and yes, even school.
Fall also goes hand-in-hand with the return of my favourite television series, as well as the introduction of new films and books.
This comes in handy as Autumn fades out and winter sweeps in swiftly on its heels, offering the mental stimulus I often crave and long for in the long, cold, dark winter months.

That, you see, is the cause of the negative emotions I also have for nature’s funeral season – it means five to six months of snow, cold, criminally short days, dwindling sunlight, and crushing, claustrophobia-inducing darkness are not far off.
I know this depiction of winter may seem a little melancholy and over-dramatic to most, but it is the perception I fail to shake year after year.
Not only does winter make highway travel – something which is very important to a girl whose family and friends live a minimum of 180 kilometres to 250 kilometres away – extremely difficult and at times hazardous but it also tends to make the time between the occasions I am able to visit them all the more trying.
In complete honesty, I am extremely prone to depression in the winter.
Depression is something I have struggled with since I was a teenager as a result of a multitude of factors, and something I have become all the more susceptible to as I have grown older, especially now that I live alone in a community where I have very few connections or relationships.
It seems that every year I am more and more affected by and susceptible to depression in the winter.
This is not uncommon, especially in women.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (humourously abbreviated as SAD) is a common mood disorder recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health which affects many people who experience average mental health throughout the bulk of the year, but who also experience depressive symptoms year after year in certain seasons.
Regardless, while I have mixed emotions about Autumn, as it is followed all too closely by the most trying time of year for me personally, this fails to take away much of my love for what I like to think of as “the rainbow season”, which sticks with me through the years and holds a special place in my heart.

“Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colours.” - Henry Ward Beecher

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