“Let’s fall in love” Frank Sinatra
We might have been meant for each other
To be or not to be, let our hearts discover
I have a feelin’, it’s a feelin’ I’m concealin’, I don’t know why
It’s just a mental, incidental, sentimental, alibi
But I adore you, so strong for you
Why go on stallin’, I’m fallin’, love is callin’, why be shy? (1-6)
Feel the autumn vibe
Let’s fall in love
Why shouldn’t we fall in love?
Our hearts are made of it
Let’s take a chance, why be afraid of it? (7-10)
Let’s face it, Autumn is here. At the beginning of October, the new season has officially begun here, in Italy. I cannot say it came unnoticed because I remember it clearly when it happened. I was calmly indulging in dolce far niente in Giardini Margherita in Bologna with a delicious cup of coffee in one hand and my journal in the other one when I felt a chill… like a shiver running up my spine… and for some reason, I thought, “Something is about to happen.” But I chose to ignore this weird feeling and I continued to relax blithely in the sun enjoying a delightful cup of my creamy cappuccino. One second later a strong gust of wind from nowhere started to blow down already colorful leaves and I could see some people chasing their summer hats blowing away in the wind… Suddenly, it all went a very quiet and everyone knew that the 2018 summer season went down in history.
The atmosphere has changed in the blink of an eye. The new season took everyone by surprise without a warning. We’ve been given literally no time to prepare for the new reality… In one moment people in the park were soaking up the sun and a second later the sky became clouded and the temperature dropped by 10-degree Celcius. It was almost as if you found yourself in a completely different world… Like some kind of displacement, but without any temporal markers. A very strange feeling. I was suddenly overcome by nostalgia and I just couldn’t help it. Honestly, I was hoping to squeeze every last drop out of this summer but Mother Nature has changed my plans… Nothing left to do but adjust to the new weather reality. Maybe there is nothing to worry about… I can still go for a walk along the beach even if it’s windy and a bit chilly… I just need a cozy warm sweater and another cup of creamy cappuccino…
Embrace the Autumn vibes
Let’s close our eyes
And make our own paradise
Little we know of it
Still, we can try to make a go of it (11-14)
I’m not going to lie. I’ve never really liked the autumn season except when I was a small kid and playing with colorful leaves or making chestnuts creature was quite fun. So I guess, I’ve got some happy memories for this time of the year. So maybe there is nothing to complain about. But other than that I didn’t find anything enjoyable in the autumn months. Just think about this. The end of summer means the end of holidays and the return to the normal, sometimes incredibly boring daily activities… Not so funny at all… But does it really have to be this way? Is there any possibility to accept the end of the summer and not getting depressed and feeling overly nostalgic with the autumnal equinox? I’m going to find out…
I am sitting now in my favorite caffè (because where could I be…) in the center of Bologna and I am trying to understand why I’ve never really enjoyed the autumn season. And you know what? Actually, I think I know why. As silly as it seems, I’ve never really given myself a chance to fall in love with fall… And instead of embracing this magical autumn atmosphere I’ve always tried desperately to capture fleeting summer vibe… without success… as you can imagine… So what I’ve been doing every year to deny the arrival of autumn? Well, instead of getting out my cozy warm sweaters and a comfy wool scarf from my wardrobe, I continued to run around the city wearing Converse and T-shirt… then I kept getting a cold…every single time… I wonder why?
Besides, you probably know what happens when someone chooses to deny the reality instead of changing their attitude and accepting the facts. Well, it’s quite simple, we fail. It happens because it’s almost certainly a wrong mindset. Unless you can give me a one proven example of achieving your goals by denying the reality…
“A curious child” mindset
But for me personally, it’s just always a really bad idea. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to challenge myself this year and find a way to mindfully embrace Autumn. Thus, I adopted a “curious child” mindset, the one that will definitely help me to find beauty in this season. So, I took my camera, my journal and I went out on the town. But instead of walking the same streets I already know by heart I’ve chosen an unknown path. And what I’ve discovered blew my mind. Some of the places I’ve been to I’ve seen for the first time in my life! I’m not even joking. How weird is that?
I don’t know about you but I tend to walk the same streets all the time like there as if it was a “binding itinerary”, the one and only appropriate path… And you know what? I’ve discovered some hidden incredibly beautiful places next to my house by accident. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever discovered secret places in the city you thought you knew by heart? Have you ever been lost in your own city? This is probably one of the best reasons to become a tourist in your own city for one day to discover incredibly beautiful hidden places…
Let’s fall in love with fall
Now, we might have been meant for each other
To be or not to be, let our hearts discover (15-16)
At some point, it started raining… and the warm and vibrant autumn colors became even more shining and fluorescent. The shapes and forms of the scenery seemed more pronounced… And I got this strange feeling that I could smell the rain… and hear the sound of the leaves beneath my feet as I was trying to find my way home.
When I finally managed to get to my apartment I made myself a cup of cinnamon tea, just for a change and I started to list of things that actually make me slowly fall in love with fall…
Embracing the autumn season
- Discovering new coffee shops and places with delicious hot chocolate!
- Creating new autumn warm-up recipes especially cinnamon apple muffins and pumpkin pie!
- Boosting my creativity inspired by an Autumn season (Autumn is incredibly inspiring and magical season!)
- Embracing my inner child and feel the autumn vibes (Yes, I’m making chestnuts creatures right now…)
- Finding some time for watching my favorite autumn movies (“Autumn in New York”)
- Spending more time with my friends watching Netflix and drinking hot cinnamon chocolate…
- Creating more space for spiritual life (Let the Autumn vibes nourish your soul…)
- Adjusting my daily routine for the new season (I’m writing about simple mindful autumn self-care rituals here )
- Preparing for the family holidays. (Yes, I am one of those people who start thinking about Christmas in October)
- Trying some home decor fall ideas (just another excuse to go to Ikea!)
Let’s fall in love
Why shouldn’t we fall in love?
Now is the time for it, while we are young
Let’s fall in love
Let’s fall in love
Let’s fall in love (17-22)
And you know what? It started to look differently at the autumn season. It’s not anymore a rainy, gloomy and freezing prelude to a pale winter but a magical time of the year. I think I am slowly falling in love with Fall! I cannot say that it was a love from the first sight but maybe it will last forever… who knows… I guess I am about to discover that!
Let’s fall in love with the fall…
and embrace the autumn vibe!
8 thoughts on “Oh Frank, Let’s Fall In Love With Fall…”
I love autumn, the beautiful colours, kicking through crunchy leaves, the sunsets seem even more stunning when viewed in the context of autumn colours. Honestly, there is beauty in every season you just have to open yourself to finding it.
Hi Karen! You are so right! Every season has its own beauty and I am definitely slowly falling in love with Autumn. And the fact that I can finally make myself a steaming cup of hot chocolate and relax in this chilly evening makes me so happy! Take care and have a wonderful weekend! x Kate
I think you’re right, there can certainly be a lot of ‘hanging on’ and desperate longing for the summer rather than embracing autumn and appreciating the beauty in it. I used to really like the season, but since my body started freaking out over the slightest hint of cold I’m not such a fan..! I love how you describe the “delightful cup of… creamy cappuccino” – it’s times like autumn and winter I wished I liked coffee as it’s always so tempting, I just hate the taste. It’ll be hot choc for me from here on out. Great post 🙂
Hi Carol! Love your comment! Have you ever tried to build your own perfect coffee recipe? A super healthy, highly personalized coffee recipe that you could actually enjoy it every morning? There are many different coffee types I like and it really depends on my mood which one I order, usually, it’s cappuccino, caffè macchiato or caffè latte with no sugar and with non-dairy milk because I am lactose intolerant. But being completely honest I love the most my own homemade coffee recipe, a long black with a dash of almond milk and a spoon of coconut oil… super healthy and delicious one… It’s the one that wakes me up and helps me to start my day with a good mood… then, of course, it’s time for a second and usually third coffee of the day… before 12 a.m. I usually order my cappuccino in one of my favorites coffee shops and then at about 3 p.m. I just need an espresso to remain productive or more precisely not to fall asleep after dinner… You can try to make your own super healthy and tasty coffee drink recipe with your favorite flavor and milk type!! But speaking about hot chocolate… oh my gosh… with the arrival of autumn I could drink it every evening and maybe I will ☕😋😁 Have a wonderful weekend, take care and have a steaming cup of hot chocolate!! x Kate
You’re right, there’s lots of types of coffee and ways to adapt it so maybe I just need to think outside the box a little and personalise it until I find a way that I like it! Thanks for the ideas 🙂
Yes!! And now we’re talking! I love your attitude 😁 I am telling you, once you create your own perfect coffee recipe… you will never go back! Check out this link coffee lover xx Kate