Spring is about starting anew, and watching everything grow around you. I used to like fall the best out of the all the seasons, but now it’s spring. Mainly it’s about revitalizing your mind and spirit, have a brain reset, and wiping off the winter despondency that afflicts many. There’s more light longer, so you can get outside and play longer (yes I said play). For me, spring is the best time to do whitewater because of all the snow melt. My body and mind felt so perfect and clear after finally being able to get back on the water doing what I love. And pushing myself to the outside my comfort zone, take chances on maneuvers, and revel in the wonder of water, nature, and friends.
Threading the needle on a small drop on the Tohickon Creek in Pipersville, PA. Photograph taken by Kevin O’Neill.
Spring to me is the brain and body reset, the longer days, and the genuine need for people to feel connected again that makes it such a special time of year of revitalization and vigor.
The last two weeks, I have sat in front of the ocean at numerous times. Many at night, and a few during the day. I have realized how peaceful I am while at the ocean. I wrote a poem about 2 weeks ago. How the tide seems to ebb my pain away. It is still there, and it will be there for quite some time. The ocean is especially emblematic for how nature seems to center me. It brings me back to a specific time and place of riding the waves to shore with my nana, or the boardwalk where we watched fireworks.
However, it doesn’t need to be that symbolic. It can just be soothing. I was at a park watching the river, and I felt something. Nana had never been there with me, but the creek reflected her essence. It had her shine, her bright smile. And it made me smile because of it. Things don’t have to be concrete to be real. Given my background, I have some trouble with that statement. If you believe it to be real, then it is. The difference has to be how you reflect on that experience and make it real to the world.
It is there how you truly bring your memory into the world as a living, breathing thing to share with others.
On a completely different note. This blog has been an amazing experience in so many different ways. I get to share a personal part of myself (something I am NOT good at) with others I never would have met before, and you get to experience what I write as you want to. I also get to share my passion for nature, gratitude, my business, and my family in a way I never would have thought possible. This has been another life changing journey for me this year, and it’s JUST begun. Thank you to all of you who have subscribed so far, I feel honored. I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am.
I touched on this a few weeks ago. I have a big personal goal that I am trying to achieve besides some personal events in my life. Tonight I came to the decision that it’s done. I will be an Area Manager in qualification by the end of THIS month. I don’t know how, and honestly, it doesn’t matter. The how comes with the why. And then came the relief. It’s like when I decided to paddle the Tohickon creek, I made a decision to do it. And it was a glorious day.
Stolen from the internet. Quote by Maya Angelou. A woman is in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.
It’s a phrase sometimes batted around, “The Power of Decision.” I’ve heard it plenty of times, and almost been like, “that’s great for you (with no malice or sarcasm intended), but it won’t work like that for me.” Until tonight. I feel it down to my toes and racing through my heart like a wildfire cleaning out a lifetime worth of debris in my soul. All the self-imposed pressure to get it done is gone. Only calm and a sense of burning determination I can’t begin to describe. This is what life is supposed to be like. Strong, powerful, and fun.
I become instantly still when on the river.
Whitewater canoeing during winter. Photo by Kevin O’Neill
The river is my outlet, my passion, and my place of confidence. Everyone needs to find their own special place in life, and the river is mine.