At sunset today, for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, the final full day of the Summer of 2017, will be over. There will be days when we can roam the beaches and trails clothes-free but for the most part, the wait for the colder temperatures outside is the norm until next Spring. Another summer becomes history as many of us sit back and wonder: Where did all the time go?
Fortunately, the summery temperatures outside don’t evaporate immediately as the season changes. There are still another few weeks of remarkable weather in which we can shed our clothing and cavort bare in nature. Just don’t procrastinate too long!
Autumn, 2017, begins tomorrow. Today is our last day to get outside and savor clothes-freedom for this summer season. There are a few more hours for us to be content bare practitioners while marking the passing of yet another Summer.
In the past, I would always become seriously depressed as the final day of summer arrived. In 2003, I became so lethargic that my physician referred me to a mental health specialist for counseling and treatment. I was diagnosed as severely depressed, medication was prescribed and I underwent extensive therapeutic one-on-one counseling and group therapy. This experience taught me to live for the day and to not concern myself with situations over which I have no control.
Fortunately, with help from others, I was able to overcome this challenge. Thanks to others, I’m now equipped to deal with the seasonal transition and no longer begin to dread the approach of winter just as the summer-time begins.
To this day, as much as I hate to see the current summer end, I no longer experience the dread that I felt in the past. Instead, now I recall the enthusiasm and excitement that I feel whenever a new spring or summer season approaches. That joy of anticipation alone gives me the strength and fortitude to endure whatever chills the winter may bring.
For this post, I’ve intentionally offered many images featuring buttocks – a sort of bottoms-up to the Summer of 2017. Good-bye summer and welcome to the arrival of autumn.