I’ve not stopped listening to Switchfoot’s new set, Vice Verses since the album was released this past Tuesday. The sheer honesty and reflection from one particular song, Thrive, falls in line with a chapter I just finished from my upcoming novel, The Wedding and Disaster of Felona Mabel.

No, I’m not alright
I know that I’m not right
A steering wheel doesn’t mean you can drive
A warm body doesn’t mean I’m alive

No, I’m not alright
I know that I’m not right
Feel like I travel but I never arrive
I wanna thrive not just survive.

everything must change

“Everything must change. Nothing stays the same. Everyone will change. No one, no one stays the same.”

And so the song continues with Nina Simone singing about change, while real life continues as it always has. Changing.

Fall is upon us and it is my favorite season. There is something beautiful about being reminded that nothing lasts forever. There is a thankfulness that shoves to the front of my consciousness to know that winter, in both season and life, is near.

Fall brings with it crisp, cooler air, changing foliage colors, shorter days, and a seasonal quiet where I’m reminded with good and not-so-good circumstance, change is just around the corner. Be thankful in where you are and be thankful in where you don’t have to stay forever. Be encouraged in that. Be.