When I started this journey, My Winter Season, back in October I was in a different frame of mind. I had a business that was approaching its 1 year anniversary and I was preparing to direct my first pantomime.
Fast forward to March and the panto is done and dusted, with a good review, and my business is growing day by day as I put in place all the goals I set out at the start of the year. I also got engaged, made new friends and discovered new places to explore. It’s been a fun 5 months and I find it is important to reflect every now and again, just to recognise the progress you’re making.
I’m enjoying this change of seasons, the lighter days, warmer temperatures and seeing flowers open up to Spring. The blossom beaming out on a sunny day and the blue skies that put you in a good mood.
There is a definite change in the air, you can feel it. More of a buzz in the air as the ground awakens from its deep sleep. The birds are louder, you start to spot bees and butterflies making the most of the pollen on the early flowers and the trees are stretching out branches ready to welcome leaves again in the Spring.
With this change in pace, there is often a momentum inside us that makes us speed up again. We feel we should be out doing things again. The quietness of Winter is overtaken by a hive of activity as we approach Spring. Lawnmowers come out, people get out on their bikes at weekends and woodlands and footpaths are crowded by people. It’s as if we’ve had our own kind of hibernation, in a different way, and now we need to get out.
My commitment to myself for Spring is to enjoy it. To continue to stop and stare, to slow down and notice things and to allow myself to soak in the new colours, sounds and smells in nature.
And if you ever find yourself being carried along in the hubbub of activity, I always find my peace by standing under a tree and looking up. The branches breaking up the skies, a gentle sway in the wind, trunks that tell their own stories and that sense of being rooted, strong and secure, into this Earth.