Spring into Action
Spring is on the horizon (even though it may not feel like it)!
As the Earth awakens and I start to see grass and other signs of life, I’m reminded of the old saying, “Stop and smell the roses.” For a refresher, this means we should take the time to soak in the world around us.
I think this saying has dual meanings during spring. First, we should create new routines and give attention to the things that we’ve ignored for the past few months. Second, we should enjoy the outdoors and literally smell the roses.
In the winter, we can get stuck in comfortable routines. Personally, I know that I’ve spent more time on my phone and app games during the winter, since I can’t spend as much time outside. When I did spend time with my family it was mostly watching television or a movie.
Now, with warmer weather, I hope to engage in and appreciate more time doing active activities with my family.
I think being active with our parents, siblings, and children also gives us a chance to get to know each other better as we communicate and connect through shared activities and experiences. This way we also make our family members feel valued, as we give them our attention over our phones.
Another thing we should give more attention to is our pets, as animals that exercise outside often gain weight during the winter. So, by spending more time with our pets outdoors, we can help their health and enjoy the warmer weather.
As the temperatures warm up, it seems like Mother Nature is beckoning us outside. However, sometimes I don’t know what to do outdoors, because we don’t associate spring with any specific outdoor activities. Summer offers us the opportunity to go to the beach, barbeques, and bonfires, fall has high school team sports and backyard football, and winter has sledding, snowboarding, and skiing.
Some ways that I’ve found to enjoy the outdoors in spring include riding a bicycle, jogging, or even walking the dog a little bit farther. Anything that keeps us outside after being kept inside for so long.
Whatever you choose, I hope you can appreciate spring and the great opportunity it presents us to change our winter routines and enjoy more outdoor activities.