Life is lived in phases and your personality shifts with the seasons.
During the Spring and Summer seasons, you might find that you go out more and socialise more often, or that you exercise a lot more, and that you travel quite a bit.
During the Autumn and Winter months, you might notice that you tend to read more and immerse yourself in other, more introverted activities.
The changing seasons bring out different aspects of your personality and it would be wise to appreciate and honour these changes.
Now that we’re in the thick of Autumn, many people may be going into monk mode or nerd mode, delving into more introverted activities.
And that’s absolutely fine, in fact I’m going through something similar myself.
Think of Autumn and Winter as a time where you gather energy for the future Spring and Summer months where you will expend this energy.
And with the blossoming of trees with the beginning of spring, you too will blossom.
Here’s a video by Elliot Hulse that captures this idea:
Periods of immersion and periods of maintenance
As your personality and energy level shift through the seasons, you’ll also be alternating between periods of immersion and periods of maintenance.
In the Summer, you’ll be expending energy on outdoor-type activities such as exercise, social gatherings, travelling. It’s likely that these areas of life will be the areas you’ll be devoting significant attention to, that you’ll be immersed in. This is a period of immersion.
With total immersion to focus on your own tangible goals comes a certain short term sacrifice. After all, you’re investing your time and attention and focus into one area while decreasing all of the above in a different area.
The way I see it though is that if you invest your time into, say, travel, you’re raising your value so that when you’re in the mood to start partying and hanging out with friends, you’ll have a suitcase full of memories and stories to tell.
On the flip side, activities like reading may be put on hold, and though you might not be reading consistently, you won’t totally give it up and will maintain that area of life every now and then. This is a period of maintenance.
Whatever season it may be or whatever phase of life you may be in, enjoy the phase you are currently going through.
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