How amazing it is to have the four seasons of the year. For those living in the east coast, the distinction between the seasons is very noticeable than for those on the west coast. The orange leaves in the autumn are spectacular; almost indescribable and difficult to convey the emotion that it brings upon to the viewer. How mundane it would be to have only one season of the year. Of course, besides the emotional and visual affects the seasons have upon us, they also serve to bring upon climatic changes, which affects the world in many ways.
One can also say that mankind has different stages, possibly four seasons in a lifetime. Each stage has it purpose, with the last stage linked to the end of life. Each season can have its ups and downs, dependent on circumstance that we have and have not control over. In the early season, we are mostly dependent on our parents or caretakers for our happiness and security. But as the seasons change, our happiness becomes more dependent on our selves; and finally as we approach the end of our final season, we may become dependent on others again.
Sometimes we do not realize the season, until we go to a reunion, or see someone who we have not seen for a long time. Although we realize that we are getting older, we do not usually see the subtle changes in our appearance that others will see in us. We become depressed when we realize what season it is, especially when it appears to be the last season. But should we get depressed?
Each season has its purpose, and each season can bring happiness. The end season usually brings upon much knowledge. This stage should be about closure to our lives. We realize that we have much knowledge, yet we also realize that we may need help from others due to our physical and mental decline. We do not have complete control. But at this stage of life, we are not expected to perform to the highest level by society. We are expected to reap the benefits of our past efforts. For some, this may not be realized due to financial difficulties. The end season may not bring upon happiness. Unlike the seasons of the year, we do not get another season to bring upon happiness, or is there?