Think about it, Fall is when the new school year begins, learning new things, reading and listening to new writers and music. It's football season, ordering or chopping wood for the fireplace, thinking about the holidays that will spiral out of control and be here before you know it, shopping for sweaters and coats all in preparation for the Fall season.
No one is perfect and it is usually pointed out quite graphically during one's school years. Whether it's bullies who have their way with those who resemble their insecurities the most, or those who don't measure up to the school's most popular, athletic, best looking etc, we're all taught to protect our shortcomings with our life. Enter stage left, Fear of revealing Self.
Don't wince, embrace it. Life is awful boring when all of your time is spent protecting yourself.