It’s coming and it’s (hopefully) coming quickly.
Spring is nigh and it brings with it everything that is good. Sure, there are some drawbacks to spring - namely allergies and…well, I can’t think of anything else, just allergies – but let’s be honest, this, and not Christmas, is the most wonderful time of the year! The sun regains its warmth, our shirts lose their sleeves, and the color green exists again! What else could we ask for? (I mean… I don’t want to be greedy but would Summer be too much to ask for? Yea? Ok, just Spring, then.)
Spring is nature’s renewal so I figured I’d help you shake off those winter cobwebs and get your mind thinking about renewal. This post is less of a “how-to” and more a “hey, spring is on the way! Isn’t that exciting? Look at all the things we can do!”
Ready? Strap in and let’s go for a ride:
Ok, so this one isn’t necessarily fun, but it’s incredibly helpful. Winter’s almost over and I know most of us look like this (you don’t have to lie to me, you’re in a safe space), and that’s ok. As mild as this one has been, it’s still Winter and leaving the house on a Saturday when its 35°F is so much less appealing than not leaving your house on a Saturday when it’s 35°F. However, it’s time to start thinking about becoming a real person again. You don’t have to do this all at once but start thinking about putting the cold, grey hell of Winter behind you and welcoming in the vibrant, not-yet-warm-enough Spring.
You don’t want to get out of the house (read: get off the couch) quite yet? Don’t, but maybe start keeping things a little neater, or making preparations for the big Spring cleaning we all trick ourselves into believing we’re going to do. It’ll go a long way toward bringing a sense of relief back to your life.
All jokes aside, cleaning is a major pain in the tuchas but it will bring back a vibrancy, and energy, that has been missing since nature shut off the heat.
It’s been seven weeks since New Years, which means most of you have already given up on your resolutions. Pick ‘em back up and give yourself something to look forward to as the dead of Winter slowly fades. Need a reason to change out of your sweats over the weekend? Hit the trail and start running again, or go to a live performance, or go out and meet strangers. Whatever it is that you resolved to do this year, do it. I know the depths of Winter can get you down but Spring is almost close enough to taste (Disclaimer: I don’t know what spring tastes like). Don’t wait until spring has sprung to get your mojo back, welcome spring in with a heaping serving of F**K YOU, WINTER mojo. Winter may have won a couple of battles, but you’re going to win this war. (Apology: I want to apologize for my use of such an embarrassingly trite cliché.)
Remember when I said this wasn’t a how-to? Well I meant it. Enough about what you can do to beat the last few weeks of winter, let’s focus on what we have to look forward to with the onset of Spring.
You don’t have to love it like I do (most people don’t), but you cant tell me that this doesn’t just exude warmth. The shining sun, the cloudless sky, the warm temperature, the cold beer (if you’re old enough), the peanuts, the crack of the bat. I could go on forever romanticizing this beautiful game in anticipation for opening day. I mean, nothing says Spring like Opening Day, and by golly, I can’t wait. Oh and, Go Rangers!
The best thing about Spring is the weather. Winter thaws, the sun appears to have pumped up its rays, the flowers start to blossom, and the outdoors are enjoyable again. Sunsets are later in the day because, for some archaic reason, we still observe Daylight Savings (Reminder: Fall back, Spring forward), and Spring storms, one of nature’s most dangerously beautiful spectacles, especially in the central part of the country, give us images like this, and sunsets like this, and the spring bloom gives us this. In reality, unless you are severely allergic to pollen and other common spring allergens, Spring is the most beautiful time of the year. Life is revived and Old Man Winter is forced back into exile.
Not terribly jazzed about how 2016 has gone so far? Forget it. Pack it up with your winter jacket and put it behind you. Spring is about to arrive and with it comes endless possibilities. To use another trite cliché, the night is darkest just before the dawn, and trust me, my friends, the dawn is coming. Embrace it, and run towards a beautiful remainder of 2016.
Until next time -