I’m not sure if it is the chill to the air blowing through my window, or the end of a chapter that the Labor Day holiday seems to bring, but it feels like hot days of summer are diminishing and fall is slowly billowing in. I look at the seasons in hindsight as chapters and when one closes and another one begins I wonder where this next chapter will take us. Seasons and years become more fleeting as I continue to get older and it seems as though the work aspect of life becomes the nucleus of who I am. Part of me embraces that – proud that I put so much effort into making this business successful and into making people happy. But a part of me hates that the seasons keep passing and the moments that my own memories are made of involve other’s happiness more than my own.
This summer I went and saw the movie Eat Pray Love with my mom. Some of you may remember that two years ago she was diagnosed with colon cancer. I swore that I’d never be too busy to take a day out to spend with her – and here I was last month trying to squeeze in one ounce of time in for her. But cancer – even though it is gone – leaves a permanent reminder tatooed on your brain that there is nothing in this world that can’t be put off until tomorrow – except life. So we celebrated life that afternoon with lunch and a movie. During the movie the character played by Julia Roberts is refelcting on a mausoleum in Rome that has prevailed through some difficult times and says this…
“I look at the Augusteum, and I think that perhaps my life has not actually been so chaotic, after all. It is merely this world that is chaotic, bringing changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated. The Augusteum warns me not to get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve. Yesterday, I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough–but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository. Even in the Eternal City, says the silent Augusteum, one must always be prepared for riotous and endles waves of transformation.”
Today – I’m embracing the transformation of one season to another, as well as my own.
I thought I’d share some photos from this summer taken with my Hipstamatic App on my phone. I look at them and can feel the warmth of summer and the sweet anticipation of what the next season will bring. Enjoy!