My favourite moment in the whole school year is turning up in a new pair of shoes for the start of September term. Forget celebrating a rare sports day win, passing a hard exam or finding out there’s a substitute teacher covering the next lesson – it’s all about stepping into a new school year in a pair of perfectly polished, patent black shoes. (For me.)
I strut or stomp (depending on if it’s the year of heels or flats) down the corridor, embracing the ubiquitous sense of change, inspiration and challenge that autumn brings. It might mark the end of summer holidays, suntans and ice lollies; but it also kickstarts a new chapter of learning, laughs and pumpkin spice lattes.
Yep, autumn is the best season. Whether you agree with me or think I need to seriously reconsider my life, take a look at my argument for why…
New term stationery
One day, you’re probably going to be the world’s most successful rocket scientist, writer, chef, car mechanic or whatever-the-heck-you-want-to-be. You will look back at where it all started: in the classroom, writing out a chemical formula, penning a short story or drawing a masterpiece.
You’ll realise that you wouldn’t ever have been able to do it all without your trusty pencil case, overflowing with pens, highlighters, pencils, rubbers, spare hair bobbles and folded notes from your bff. The stationery set and pencil case are probably the most important annual investment you make (maybe even more so than the shoes), so choose wisely.
What’s not to love about Halloween? Fancy dress parties, unlimited supplies of sweets, scary film fests, the Monster Mash – it’s the social event of the year. The weirdest but also perhaps most wonderful part, is that it suddenly becomes socially acceptable to wrap yourself in toilet roll, knock on your neighbours’ doors and demand a windfall of chocolates, sweets and even money (yep, I received 50p once) just for shouting ‘TRICK OR TREAT’. You can’t do that at Christmas, can you?!
Hearty soup, creamy hot chocolate, pear and blackberry crumble, toffee apples, bonfire toffee, homemade stew, chilli con carne, jacket potatoes, mash potato with everything, pumpkin pie (with a huge dollop of thick cream) – we could literally go on all day, but the main reason we love the new season? We can bid a fond farewell to skimpy summer salads! (Apologies for the drool that is no doubt falling from the sides of your mouth RN.)
Wonderful weekend walks
Whether you’re walking the dog, meeting up with a pal or simply going for a stroll while plugged into your favourite podcast, nothing beats the sun shining on you as you crunch over crisp leaves on an autumn walk. Breathing in the cold air gives you a revitalising energy akin to being in a screaming crowd at a Justin Bieber concert. And you get to trial your new bobble hat and gloves combo for the first time – win!
Cosy nights in
Yeah, yeah – summer BBQs, Christmas parties and spring flings are all nice ways of spending an evening. But secretly, we all prefer an excuse to just go home on a rainy Friday night, turn up the central heating, get into a pair of freshly washed PJs, order a huge pizza and watch Harry Potter with the fam. If it was socially acceptable, human hibernation would definitely be a thing.
It’s also the ideal situation if you’re on your period – who wants to sit in the sweltering summer sun, or battle through Christmas parties, with the worst cramps ever? Thank autumn for its cold, dark nights, and let it wrap you in its arms with carbs and the comfort of the sofa.