Spring just has to be the best time of the year. You can feel the air changing, there are lots of brilliant sunrises and sunsets. There is an energy around that just isn't present at other times of the year. There's hope and anticipation as the warmer days arrive, the sun emerges, barren trees and plants come to life and birds come out of their hiding spots.
It's a time when I feel like getting out of the house. I don't want to linger at home any more. I'm tired of the four walls that have embraced me during the cold winter months. They've served their purpose for that time. I'm very grateful for the warmth and safety they've provided.
Now I'm ready to spread my wings, to embrace the warmer weather, to get outside into the fresh air and enjoy the sights and smells of the new season. These swans look like they feel the same way. Diving their long necks into the dark water scavenging for whatever they can find they seem to reflect my new energy. A new capacity to embrace what life has to offer.To spend time in the environment and taking notice of the world around us.
Spring has an anticipation of better things to come. Of warmer weather, of longer days, of flowers flowering, of summer holidays getting closer. It's such a hopeful season built on this anticipation. Once summer arrives it's not quite the same. The anticipation has to stop because the season we have looked forward to has arrived. The anticipation then becomes of winter getting close.
It's good that the seasons rotate around the year. It's good to have the ebbs and flows of the changing seasons. It's a rhythm that life itself provides for us, a reminder that life is ever changing but there are some patterns that can stabilise us, that can keep us on track, give us some direction.It's something that some cultural groups have known for a very long time, particularly centuries ago when they relied on the seasons to provide them with food for survival and the seasons had cultural and spiritual meanings that can be beyond our understanding, outside of our consciousness.There's much to learn from these stories, these ways of making sense of the world. Perhaps we are just catching up now when we start to realise how important nature is to our lifestyles.