In the previous article in this series, we discussed the how humans change as they move through the blooming of the summer season.
As the autumn season of life begins to set in, plants find their brilliant colors of summer fading. The stalk that was once strong and tall begins to slightly weaken. The bug bites and sun damage begin to be noticeable and the leaves begin to yellow. Likewise, humans entering the autumn season start to show the battle scars of life. The imperfections begin to be more noticeable, the hair thins, and more aches and pains are felt.
In the autumn of life, adults often are caring for their children as they move through the last years of spring and into the summer seasons. At the same time, people in this part of their life may be in a position where they have to begin providing care for a parent or other family member who is in the winter of their life. Thus, as their duties parenting their children are beginning to dwindle, their duties parenting their parents start to ramp up.
Being in the position to care for others, people in the autumn season of life may find themselves receiving little or no nurturing from others in their life. They are the ones that everyone else expects to provide the nurturing.
The Purpose of Life
It is during the autumn season that people are most likely to start questioning their purpose in life. They begin to look for more in life than their job. They want something greater than simply a way to sustain themselves. Additionally, their children are grown or nearly grown and they feel a bit lost, no longer having a laser focus on raising their children. Also, because their parents are starting to need some help from time to time, they see their future and feel compelled to find their way to leave a legacy and/or find something that gives them vitality.
As they see that winter is coming, they may also spend time yearning for the days of spring and summer. This yearning also contributes to the desire for more. It may be one of the reasons that people in the autumn of life are most likely to be the ones that gather the family together at the holidays. However, they may use those in the winter season as the rationale for the gathering.
In the final article in this series, we will discuss the winter season.