Seasons of Life

I've always been fond of seasons. I love the traditions and celebrations that come with each season - family ski trips in winter; the smell of fresh cut grass and hot rubber at track meets in the spring; summers spent at the pool; and my favorite, fall, which brings cross-country season, the start of school, fall colors, and pumpkin-flavored everything! The changing of the seasons serves as a reminder that time is not standing still - the world is moving forward and time is indeed passing, so you best not get stuck.

Like the seasons on the calendar, we go through seasons of life. As we grow and mature and change, we travel through different life seasons, each one new and different with its own challenges and promises. I'm reminded of a quote from an article I'm fond of, What to Know at 25-ish, about this current season of mid-20s life:
"Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming."
I say all this because I'm about to make a move and take a risk. In this season of becoming, I'm taking on a new challenge - I'm moving to Cleveland, Ohio. My long-time boyfriend is in medical school there, and after years spent commuting across the country to see each other, we'll finally, finally be in the same place. 

And so I'm bidding San Francisco farewell after 2 joyful years here. This time has been its own glorious season, filled with new friends and adventures. But now, I'm ready to explore some new trails and embark on a new journey, with Avi.

In my remaining weeks in San Francisco, I'll be going on many joyful runs, checking off some SF bucket list items, and spending as much time with friends and family as possible. I'm quite sad to be leaving my home state, but you can't take the California out of a girl for too long though - I expect to be back in sunny CA once a month for track meets, road races, and visits to friends and family. It's not goodbye, just see you later...

As I've made this big life decision, I've frequently been recalling the lyrics of a favorite song of mine - Landslide by Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac:
"Well, I've been afraid of changing
'cause I've built my life around you
but time makes you bolder
even children get older
and I'm getting older too."
Boldly, I go forward into this next season of life - Ohio here I come!