Spring. Just saying that word conjures up memories of chasing butterflies, sitting in the sun on the first warm day of the year and sipping iced tea on a terrace. It’s considered one of the most beautiful times of year and is a favorite of most people, especially your average cherry blossom loving, maxi-dress wearing, Instagram influencer.
However, there is another side to spring that people rarely talk about. This time of year always reminds me of how fast time moves, and the fact that nothing is ever really permanent. Things change, people come and go, and the events of our lives happen and then they’re over. Seasons are constantly changing and so are we.
With the blooming of new flowers comes the opportunity to let go of things that might be holding you back, and start fresh. This is a time to let go of past resentments, mistakes, insecurities, and bad memories. This is a time for self reflection and introspection. This is a time for a new and improved you.
So, where can you start?
While I was living in Ecuador, one of the New Years Eve traditions they practiced gave me some inspiration. At midnight, they burn a puppet as a symbol of getting rid of the bad and welcoming the new. On a piece of paper, they would write down all the things they wanted to let go of from the past year and burn it in the fire with the puppet.
On the first warm spring day, set up the grill or create a little bonfire. Make a list of all the things you feel are currently holding you back that you want to let go of. You can even make this a special occasion; have some drinks and make a toast to a fresh start! Throw all those negative things into the fire and watch them burn away, physically and metaphorically.
Get to Know Yourself
Spring is the absolute best time of year for a walk outside. The trees look absolutely stunning and green, the air is full of oxygen, and the world is in a re-birthing process. It’s almost as if Mother Nature is sitting on her tanning bed, sunglasses on, and awaiting the sunshine.
In order to have a fresh start, it’s important to reflect on the areas of your life that you might want to change. You need time by yourself in silence and nature to get to know who you really are and what you want out of life.
A 20 minute walk through a blooming forest can do wonders for the soul.
Begin a New Project
Gone are the days of hot chocolate, snowmen, fuzzy socks, and cuddling (at least without sticking together).
Gone are the days of holiday lights, cinnamon, Christmas trees, and cute jackets. However, rather than being sad that those cozy, festive days have ended, you can use this as an opportunity.
One of the pros about going into spring and summer is the days are getting longer, the weather is sunny, and you have a thousand times more energy than you did in winter.
Use this renewed energy to make a list of your goals, especially at work or school. Go into full-on work mode, and pursue those goals like crazy. You never know, by the end of the year you could accomplish more than you ever thought was possible.
Relationships Free from Technology
In Dutch, they use the word “gezellig,” which could be loosely translated as “cozy.” Gezellig is what you would call a night spent in front of the fire with hot chocolate, a good book, and maybe a friend or partner.
Spring is a great time for mixing drinks, getting the dusty grill out of the shed, and throwing down a picnic blanket with your loved ones.
Use this fresh start as an opportunity to put down your phone, grab a cocktail, and re-establish those genuine connections that add significantly to your life.
The saying “out with the old, in with the new” couldn’t be more true in Spring. This is the season where things are blooming, changing, and starting over, take advantage!