By Cameron Jenkins

The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived! Hello to Spring, and hello to sunny skies, flowers, warmer weather, and longer days. Even though some of us may still be experiencing snow, the forthcoming of the Vernal Equinox is a sign that warmer times are approaching.

Breaking down the word Spring, we can pick up some insights that this new season brings.

Spruce up your diet. Soon the farmers markets will be filled with local, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Pick up trash. The disappearing snow may unearth some unruly sights that have been buried for months. Do your environment and yourself a favor and pick up any debris to be thrown away. It keeps mother earth clean and clear. This can also be a symbol for one’s life such like “spring cleaning” and getting ready for the change of lifestyle in summer. This change of season is a great reason to pick up some areas of your life and nature’s, too.

Reflect. Just like winter is coming to an end, some things may be ending in your life, too. For example, the beginning of spring signifies the approaching end of the Spring Semester for college students. This is a friendly reminder that finals are coming, so it is definitely time to begin prepping for the end of the semester. Reflection over the time that has passed can help one connect with the future to come; in order to progress, an acceptance of what has happened must happen. Spring is coming in steady leaving winter behind–can you do that as well?

Invest in some quality time outdoors. Living in Michigan means that winters are long and harsh. The cold forces us to stay inside. Spring means that the grass is turning green and the birds are chirping– the perfect brew for the perfect day outside. Perhaps you can play some frisbee, go for a run, or explore some new trails.

Nothing. Embrace in doing nothing. Quiet time can work wonders. A recharge of your batteries by relaxing and letting go is one of the best recipes for regeneration. Perhaps lose yourself in a song or relax by the river and chill out– or in Spring’s case, warm up.

Garden, grow, and green. The Vernal Equinox is the beginning of the planting season for many outdoor gardens. You can become involved in the growth that is coming by volunteering at a greenhouse or garden or even planting your own.

I hope that the warmer weather and blossoming flowers inspire you this Spring! Get out there and enjoy it, friends.


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