I’ve been thinking about why it is that I do this lately. Why I’m sitting here writing this blog post to you, whoever you are. There are so many websites out there, just like mine, millions of us just typing into the ether. Sometimes this fact is encouraging, and sometimes it’s disheartening. I move between the two constantly, and when I start to think about it too hard, that’s usually when I stop writing altogether.
I feel like I’ve been waiting for Autumn all summer, but in truth, I’ve really been waiting since last Autumn ended. All of the time in between has just been counting down until this all too short season comes around again.
After the stifling heat of the summer, feeling the wind of Autumn rolling in feels like taking a sigh of relief. I can relax a little, knowing my favourite time is here, my favourite holiday (Halloween) is on the way, and iced lattes sipped outside to cool down can be replaced by hands clutching mugs of hot drinks to warm up.
I have, for most of my life, lived in a place where the weather at its most extreme is often considered mild tempered for many other parts of the world. Out-of-the-ordinary weather is an event, something to keep us talking for a few weeks. What would normally be just an inconvenience in one country could have Ireland on lock-down, with schools and workplaces shut and all of us glued to our televisions watching an exhausted Joanna Donnelly move into her 12th hour of weather reporting on RTÉ.
Featured image taken in the Japanese Gardens at the Irish National Stud by Mike Andrews
This piece was originally written for and published by an online magazine called The Olive Foxes, which has since closed down.
I have a tendency to walk fast. I’m quite tall so I cover more ground in fewer steps than people who are shorter than me but, add to this the fact that my natural pace is very fast, it doesn’t take me long to get to the places I need to be. Whether I’m walking to work, running to the post office, popping out to buy something for lunch or simply just going for a ‘stroll’ (the definition of a stroll is to walk in a leisurely way so maybe this doesn’t apply to me), I can’t seem to help but walk quickly.
The New York Times recently announced that a record 3 million people now have a subscription to their newspaper. I happen to be one of those 3 million subscribers, and I would imagine their numbers boosted a lot only in the last few months. In a time when the quality of news reporting seems to be going down, and the accusations of ‘fake news’ seem to be increasing, I think it’s important to find a news source that you trust, to support it, and to spread the knowledge that you learn from good quality reporting.