The four seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter) have for so long been similarly compared to our four stages of life: birth, childhood, adulthood and death. It is no wonder that we see ourselves in mother nature's image, for we are synchronized with her way of life in every way. Whether it be physically, mentally or spiritually, there's no denying that humans mirror the environment in which they were naturally birthed in.....especially leaves. When a leaf bud is birthed on a tree, it knows nothing of the world it is in. It has much to learn and discover in order to thrive. As the bud grows, it opens into a smooth and soft leaf, more knowledgeable since its initial appearance. Then comes the wrinkles of time and age, scars from lived experiences. The leaf becomes rougher and more textured. It has lived through quite a lot at this stage, and it is physically visible. Finally, heavy with knowledge and wisdom of the world, the leaf falls from the tree and drifts away, ready to restart the cycle. When we are first encountered with something new, time allows us to learn from it and know how to live with it. The virus has taught us many things about it and has allowed us to mature like a leaf, so that when this chapter of our lives closes, we will be ready to integrate it in our lives like all the other viruses and sicknesses that exist on this planet. Yes, it has left us with wrinkles and scars, but that has been a part of our growing process. Education and preparedness is key to living a successful life.