Yesterday was the first day of spring, and I am excited. I love the crispness in the air, along with the clean smells that only happen this time of year. You can almost hear the flowers as they bloom, letting you know that they are a part of this world and offer a beauty unmatched by material objects. The smell of spring is ripe with the concept of new hopes and beginnings. The birds sing their song of happiness by chirping away. Even the wildest of animals are invigorated with new energy because of the availability of food. The winter is dissipating, making way for the newness of life.

I think spring is my favorite time of year for two reasons. The first is because everything appears to come to life. The past is the past, and we have an awareness of the rare things. Like flower blooms are only around for a short period, opportunities are like this. We have to remember to enjoy the rare things while, at the same time, remember to take in the scents, the surroundings, and the visions presented to us, or else we miss much.

Easter is right around the corner. While I’m not much of a believer in the Easter bunny, I am a huge believer in keeping the magic alive for the kids. There is nothing like seeing the animation on a child’s face when they find that magical egg waiting to explore. The chocolates the kids receive them happy, along with the bright, colored eggs and Easter baskets. It’s almost like the anticipation of the Cracker Jack boxes with the surprise in every box. To the kids, the magic of the wonder is the best element explored.

On a religious note, Easter reminds me of how Jesus died for our sins. I find a tremendous amount of solace knowing that no matter how badly I’ve screwed up, I’m forgiven as long as I ask for forgiveness and am genuinely remorseful. If you are not religious, that’s okay. You have to find what works for you. I make so many mistakes regularly. I’ve hurt people with my words, and for that, I’m genuinely sorry. But I’m not going to keep hurling posts towards others that sit in judgment. I don’t have that right. I have the right to my feelings, but even with that right, I don’t know how to ascertain someone’s guilt or innocence without facts. Judging off emotions is dangerous and only leads to bitterness from other parties in the long run.

Then there is the infamous spring break. It’s not the same for kids this year because of COVID, but that doesn’t mean it is unimportant. This past year has been unprecedented for all of us, but I think it’s essential for us to celebrate new chapters and beginnings. None of us do well when quarantined. Yes, we may have more time with family, but there is an undeniable truth. The truth is that we all want to get some semblance of our lives back. We want to be safe, have our freedom restored, and unafraid to live our lives. That’s why spring invigorates me. It’s filled with opportunities. No matter what problems we have in our lives, spring is a reminder that we can start fresh.
So what other kinds of events happen in the spring? What about Spring Flings and Spring Festivals? Granted, they have to change the traditional approach but getting out into the community has many advantages.

Gardens ripen with fresh flowers and vegetables. Herbs grow in abundance, and produce tends to be fresher. It is a prelude to the summer, and while the heat isn’t my favorite thing in the world, the ability to be outdoors is appealing.

Enjoy the beginning of spring and branch out with numerous opportunities. This season is a time for new beginnings, so what not start the season with something new. You might want to plan day trips or try a new hobby. You may want to read, write, play music, or do something artsy to pass the days. If you have pets, play with them, and keep them active because they help keep us occupied.

Most importantly, take time for you to smell the flowers and the beginning of spring. Each day presents new aromas, sights, and changes. It’s up to us to make the most of those changes. Have a great day, everyone.

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