A woman with a sea for hair stares out peacefully

I have lived most of my life in Southern California where the sun always shines. Free from seasons, time stretches out in an uninterrupted flow. Summer and winter’s passings are marked only by light sweaters.

Because of this, I always find the shifting of seasons to be pure magic. Watching the crackling leaves of fall dancing in chilled breeze ignites something special in my heart. And snow. Those that know me, know that I am my happiest when the ground is covered in sparkling ivory and I am slightly at risk of hypothermia.

There is something so simple and special in welcoming the seasons into your life. Switching out summer sandals for autumn sweaters. Letting spring air cleanse a winter chilled home. Eating hearty warm food in winter and sipping on dewy drinks in summer.

Each shift celebrates the passage of time. Each celebration is a reminder of all that is beautiful in the world.

But that beauty and magic lies within us all. We are all in our own seasons – constantly changing, shifting, growing, recovering, discovering, planting, flourishing. The fact that we are continuously evolving in tandem with the world is its own kind of magic.

The new year often carries the expectation of betterment. New year – new you. But we are not on a schedule of growth and there is nothing wrong with who we are at any point. Every stage of life deserves to be celebrated. The magic of who you are is not diminished by time, nor is it defined by accomplishments. You deserve to revel in all that you are and to keep moving forward in your light.

Welcome your seasons as they ebb and flow.

You are more magnificent than you know.

Leean Gill

Leean Gill

Leean Gill, Soultype 9, is a student in the NEATO Pathway 2 – New Equations Fusion program. Leean is from California, USA, and is currently traveling the world while writing, drawing, and collecting incredible experiences.