And yes, if you grew up to the sound of 80s and early 90s Hair Bands, you are whistling that Scorpions tune right now. (Queue: Diabolical laughter)
Guess what? I’m back from Boston! It’s a beautiful, walkable town, a city on a smaller scale (sort of the way Austin is in Texas). This is what fall looks like in New England, for my fellow southerners:
The city streets there are beautiful, often cobblestoned, and I could picture how Boston might have looked well over a 100 years ago, something which isn’t easy to do in many American cities (not only because many of them aren’t that old in the first place!).
And last but not least, to prove that I was actually there, here’s a photo of me with the Charles River flowing by in the background:
I will also be using this photo as one of my Before photos. . . . because as Kelly mentioned in a post on her blog earlier this month, Before photos don’t have to be the dour standing-in-front-of-a-wall-looking-morose shots that they often are. This is me in the real world at my current (and heaviest) weight of around 200 lbs. I’ll be dropping the excess weight in the real world, after all, so it makes sense to incorporate this kind of photo into my chronicles online.
The breath of true autumn I experienced this weekend reminded me that this is the season I relate to most strongly. Beautiful but bittersweet, motivating, impatient, mercurial, it tugs at my heart and propels me forward with an aching hope that real change absolutely can be effected.