‘It’s just a season’ is a sentence that I have heard myself utter several times of late. So much so that I’m even beginning to irritate myself. Try as I might, there is no other word that adequately describes what I’m wanting to say so it’s kind of stuck.
I don’t need to tell you that seasons come and go (there I go again) and some we like more than others. What I’ve realised lately however, is that these seasons not only play a key part in nature but also our personal lives. Let me explain what I mean…
Spring is my personal favourite – plans afoot, plenty of ideas buzzing around and the promise of a bright future not so far away.
We all love summer don’t we? Life is on the up, we are jumping out of bed in the morning with loads to look forward to and it feels good to be alive.
By the time autumn comes around we are in need of some down time, a rest from the frantic whirlwind that is summer and as the nights begin to draw in, we are all a little thankful.
I’m not sure anyone really looks forward to the cold, harsh reality of winter with its dark days and quest for hibernation but whether we like it or not, our bodies and minds need it.
Someone Direct Me to the Wardrobe
I’m currently in the depths of winter. Personal circumstances mean that my life feels on hold in many ways. We’ve taken to hibernating, sometimes out of necessity but often because we’ve become so accustomed to it that anything else feels uncomfortable.
A bit like the exposed trees in winter, waiting for those fresh buds to appear, I feel like I’m in a period of waiting, not knowing when or if the first signs of new life are ever going to come. Of course they will eventually, but sometimes ‘winter’ can seem interminable can’t it? Especially if like me, you’re naturally a ‘spring’ person, bursting with fresh ideas and enthusiasm for life. Right now, I’m beginning to feel a little like Lucy in Narnia, unable to find her way back to the wardrobe.
Why am I telling you this?
I’m telling you this for a few reasons really but partly because this season seems to be hindering my creativity. I am lacking in inspiration which means that my blog is suffering and I don’t like it. Remember what I said about being a ‘spring’ person? Rather than beating myself up however, I think that the best route is to accept it and hope that you’ll all hang on in there.
I know that I am not the only person on the planet who is going through a tricky time so if you’re reading this and what I’m clumsily trying to articulate is resonating with you, be kind to yourself. Remember that winter is just as necessary as summer and rather than fight it, we need to embrace it.
It’s important to remember that like it or not, there are plenty of good things about winter – literally and metaphorically. In a quest to quieten my mind, ‘winter’ is looking like daily walks in the crisp air, doing puzzles, reading books, immersing myself in Netflix and turning my inbox off to anything other than essential correspondence. I’ve also taken to recording 3 things I’m grateful for at the end of every day and it has become a very worthwhile habit.
Lastly, if you know me in real life, please bear with me. I am acutely aware that I’ve cancelled plans, not returned phone calls, dropped out of all commitments (other than the non-negotiable ones) and am not the best company right now. In some ways I am quite proud of myself for accepting that hibernation is more than okay at the moment. In fact hibernation is necessary in order to survive.
What season of life are you in at the moment? Whichever one it is, remember that they are all a key part of the cycle.