Springing Forward

Rather than making big resolutions at the first of the year like most people, spring tends to be my season of change and rebirth. Once the days get longer and the weather turns warmer, I feel inspired to start doing some things I’ve been meaning to do.

True, I’ve come up with resolutions at the end of almost every year. But when it’s chilly and dark any time I’m not at work, it’s hard to motivate to take walks, go to the health food store, and clean the house: I’d rather curl up and watch a movie or read a book, doing my best to ignore my messy house and the fact that I now order takeout more than I cook my own dang food.

But spring is a time of hopefulness for me. Today I walked for the first time in awhile (this may have been initially inspired by the fact that I’m waiting to get my updated vehicle registration so don’t want to be in the car, but let’s pretend it was for exercise’s sake, shall we?). It’s sunny and in the 70s in Athens this afternoon, and the birds and blossoms are out in full force.

I walked into the post office to mail a package to a customer and decided on the spot to buy more stamps. Maybe it’s time to write some letters again.

I walked by the church where they’re doing some landscaping and smelled that delicious fresh dirt. Maybe it’s time to get out into the garden again. To put last summer’s dead vegetables behind me and start again.

I walked by some downtown shops and remembered that I had a gift certificate to spend. Maybe it’s time to treat myself to something—a new watch I’ve been wanting for years, perhaps?

I walked back to home and saw my bottles of migraine meds on top of the fridge. Maybe it’s time to get more serious about taking my medication each and every morning and night instead of thinking it’s okay to skip them.

I walked. Maybe it’s time to make a concerted effort to walk as often as I used to.

Does spring inspire you to develop new habits or pick up old ones again? What changes would you like to see in your life? What will you do to help make those changes happen?

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