With spring just around the corner, the world around us begins to change. We always get a certain lift or feeling come over us; knowing that longer, warmer days are one their way. It’s amazing what a little bit of sunshine can do to the human psyche.
To many of us, the coming of spring symbolizes things such as: Life, rebirth and growth. It’s a time when flowers bloom, butterflies begin to flutter and even bees return to buzz around their favourite plants.
It gives you the sense that a new beginning, surrounding are lives, is possible and we start to feel happy and cheerful. The days of driving to and from work in complete darkness are over and the chance to become one with nature has returned. Even the very word “spring” can light up someone’s face in seconds; especially when they’ve just finished a dark, cold and miserable winter.
Because of all that spring symbolizes, there are many habits/rituals that individuals correlate with this time of year. Since the season has a lot to do with new beginnings, many people find themselves cleaning out their closets – riding themselves of old clothes and lightening their loads. It almost takes on a psychological meaning in some way. The lighter your load, the happier you will be.
Another habit that people incorporate into spring is gardens. Whether it’s a flower or vegetable garden, folks cannot wait to get their hands dirty and begin making their surroundings look beautiful again. Making their homes look alive and new. While some plant, others paint. After a long and dreary winter it might be nice to give your home a fresh new look with a fantastic new colour scheme. You’d be surprised what a coat of paint can do for your walls – and your spirit!
No matter how many different things people do to welcome spring in their midst, one particular habit always takes rank over the others. That’s, getting your body ready for summer. Spring is a perfect time to begin that new diet or exercise regime; knowing full well that “beach body” weather is just around the corner. Spring can make you painfully aware that you may have had one too many turtle chocolate bon bons over Christmas and what’s worse; no bulky sweater is going to save or hide you for much longer. Finding a workout buddy is probably easiest to find around this time of year because there are so many of us out there of like mind.
So, while technically the “new year” is traditionally marked by the clock striking 12 on December 31st, it’s really the beginning of a new season that can truly symbolize change. I believe that spring is that season - A time for change and beauty that no other realm of time can possibly touch or live up to.
A toast to the upcoming season. May it be the beginning of all things wonderful for us all!