As we look ahead to 2016, we ask: What is your favourite season of the year? Winter, spring, summer or autumn?

Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere (September) or the Southern Hemisphere (March) will likely experience at least one of these every year. Closer to the equator, seasons tend to be more binary.

Autumn Sunset Inspirational Life Lessons, Washington DC

Of the four temperate seasons we love autumn the most. The slight chill in the air and the shorter days are the first sign that the holidays are around the corner. The jackets come out; nothing heavy at first but just enough to show off the season’s latest fashion. Starbucks rolls out the spiced pumpkin and mulled apple drinks and the stores do a bad job of hiding their joy at the prospect of increased sales.

All these signs, both subtle and obvious, are overshadowed by the incredible changes that take place within nature itself. The rich green summer leaves slowly succumb to the chill. Their yellowing interrupted by specks of rusty red which gradually become the dominant colour until the leaves finally dry up and fall off the trees, creating piles of pleasure or pain (someone has to clear them up!). In some cities in the USA and Japan, delicate cherry blossoms add a touch of pink and white, adding to the variety of colours which define autumn.

Autumn Sunset Inspirational Life Lessons, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea – Photo Credit: Emily Yang

 

We will leave the scientific details to the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Simon Reeve. However for us, this spectacular transformation during autumn represents some powerful lessons. As 2015 breathes its last and a New Year ushers itself in, we took some time to reflect on some of them. We share our thoughts on the following pages. We would love to hear yours so please leave a comment below.