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Spring has Sprung

This may be my favorite time of year, cool in the morning, warm enough to lay on my deck in the evening and play a few rounds of UNO with my children (they even let me win from time to time). The pollen is coating everything, but I am not sweating yet, so YAY! I am not a fan of freezing and I am not a fan of sweating in non workout clothes, like what is the point of getting dressed and putting on makeup?! There is something about the sun starting to warm everything up that makes me feel a hundred times better than a few weeks ago when I was still shivering on my morning runs. There is literally a spring in my step when the weather performs this miracle of perfection. Spring to me is the gift we get for surviving the other 3 seasons!

I wish I was this content all the time, I wish I loved all seasons equally and felt this good in each one, but I don’t. I feel lethargic in Winter and Fall and while I love so many things about Summer, let’s be real, it gets all kinds of hot and uncomfortable by July. This is life though, we have our ups and downs, we feel fabulous one moment and then we come crashing down the next. We are so wrapped up in our feelings sometimes, we can’t see the view from the trees. We crave a life of perfection, we want to feel amazing and at our best at all times, we want to do the best at our jobs, in our relationships, we want to have a nice house, nice things, we want to get ahead. But like the seasons, what is planned out, doesn’t always come to pass.

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” -Gilda Radner

Some years the weather throws us a curveball, snow in the Spring, an extended Summer, a wet Fall and so on. Life may seem like it is turning out exactly as we planned and then BAM, something changes that rocks us to our core, we lose a job, a family member gets ill, property gets destroyed and the first thought for most of is, “What did I do to deserve this?”. The reality is, or more precisely, what we believe to be true, you did absolutely nothing to deserve bad things happening in your life. It is easy to buy into the idea that good people deserve good things to happen to them, but that is simply not the case. So many outside factors are at place, race, religion, the country you were born in, the country you live in, your socioeconomic background, etc..

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus

Our life is like the Springtime, we are born and in time, we die, we are vibrant and then we fade away. We are born to bring joy to others and to ourselves, we are born absolutely perfect. As we grow up , we are taught to put the dollar on a pedestal, to fight for ever growing piles of it, but that is an exhausting and meaningless way to live. Not that making money is vulgar, but making it your life’s ambition is. There is so much more to life:

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
-Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

Life is about living it fully, with joy, enthusiasm, passion and tenacity. Live a life where you take responsibility for your actions, where you own up to your mistakes, celebrate the good times and allow yourself to mourn the bad times. Don’t hold in anger, laugh out loud and show love and compassion to your fellow man and woman. Live a life that brings you joy.

As always, thank you for allowing us the pleasure of being on this path of life with you. -Team SG

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