The last few rides I've taken I've been noticing the beauty of Fall. The leaves are almost done falling and the colors they have provided are one of the many things I love about cycling the trails around my house.
As I was riding this weekend I was struck with a parallel of Fall the season and what it is like for someone to fall because of something happening to them in their life.
Towards the end of Fall the leaves are gone from the trees. One thing I noticed is that because of Fall I can see through the trees. I can see things that are 15 feet off the trail that I did not notice all Summer long. I can also often see further up the trail and even see around corners better. It gives me more time to react to oncoming obstacles.
Compare that to someone having fallen in some way in their life. Maybe because of a family crisis or a job related problem. Something that causes one to really feel down and defeated. Depressed and beaten. When I've been in those places I've noticed that my outlook on things shifts or changes. In some cases I become more careful, in other ways more free spirited. Usually the opposite of however I acted before the fall. After I've fallen I've noticed that I see things I did not see previously. So many times I suddenly see the bigger picture. I get meaning out of the sadness or pain. I can see further down the road to where I am going and I make corrections to ensure I don't fall again, or least I don't fall as hard.
One thing I truly love is the fact that after the Fall there will eventually be another Spring. A reminder that whatever I'm going through now will not last forever. New life and renewal is just around the corner. Using the learning of a fall will better prepare me for a new start.