“It is never too late to be who you might have been.” ~ George Elliot

The scents of Fall are in the air. Freshly sharpened pencils. Brand new Pink Pearl erasers. This is the season of planning for new growth as the leaves bid farewell to the year with a blaze of colour.

An interesting fact: those gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows are actually present in the leaves all year long, even though our eyes see only green. It takes the right conditions to bring those beautiful colors out, visible to all, for just a few weeks a year. This is a metaphor for our own lives: that during the darkest days of winter or the brightest days of spring and summer, the energy released by autumn is waiting inside for a release into new beginnings.

Many cultures celebrate the end of the growing season as the start of a new year, with a new year’s hopefulness for a fresh start and “clean slate.”   

What better way to celebrate a new year than choosing a fresh challenge? Consider learning a language (nothing like it for keeping the brain agile), taking up a sport (keeping the body fit) or signing up for a seminar or workshop (and perhaps meeting others with a similar interest).  Many community and private organizations offer free workshops (like the Med Talks series or ElderCollege’s free lectures – see page 7) or drop-in classes (see the SCRD Recreation Guide).

September is sign-up season for activities hosted by the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre, Harmony Hall in Gibsons, the Gibsons Curling Club and the Sunshine Coast Racquet Club. Visit their websites or phone for more information. Rediscover an interest or foster a new one – every activity imaginable is available on the Coast, from lively Scottish country dancing to more sedentary exercise like Chair Yoga or chess.

Take a cue from those leaves. Make a change in this new season!