Spring Fever

Spring FeverToday was the very first day in a very long time that I didn’t need to wear my big quilted jacket to work in the morning. I didn’t have to wear it on the way home, or on my hour-long walk with the pooch this evening. I’ve even been able to switch the heating off for most of the day.

Today the sun was almost out, the sky was almost blue, and Spring was almost here. I could actually feel the excitement and anticipation fizzing around me, like invisible crackling fireworks. My lovely co-workers have been laughing and joking more than normal, no-one has been keen to stay chained to their chair and everyone has been in a rush to go home and enjoy the sun.

I’ve noticed that I’ve found it easier to eat healthily today too – no comfort food today thanks, it’s all about salads and smoothies.  I’ve been trying to kick this off since January to no avail.  And although January is when we make our New Year’s Resolutions, when we naturally start to think about the year just gone and the year ahead. it’s not necessarily the best time to make a fresh start.  In January we’re still in the throes of Winter, the last and harshest of the seasons.  Who wants a salad when it’s freezing outside?  Who wants to get up early and head to the gym before work when it’s still dark outside.  Who wants to spend cold dark evenings refreshing their CV’s and looking for a new job?

Spring though?  Spring is a completely different story. Everything just feels so much easier, doesn’t it?  I was also thinking I should follow the example of the experts – so I chose to look at Nature.  What does Nature do in Winter?  It shuts down, it hibernates, it takes a rest.  And then, all of a sudden, the days are getting longer, the temperature is getting warmer, Spring fever has kicked in and you notice Nature is kicking off its new projects – all of them starting in Spring.  So surely if Spring is good for Nature, it’s good for me (and you) too?

I found this little quote from Mark Twain, which expresses exactly how I feel right now…

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

With that thought in mind, what new projects or plans would you like to kick off, now that we’ve just enjoyed Nature’s wake up call and the first day of Spring Fever?



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