Spring has burst all over my world here in California. Blossoms are coloring my morning walks. Gardens I pass sprout many shades of green. The air smells fresh. The skies are blue. It’s that colorful time of the year. I admire all the industry that goes into gardening and farming, but I am not a participant. I am the audience. I don’t like to garden. I like to look at the results. And I love to eat the produce. I just don’t know what I’m doing in the dirt. I do know how to get dirty, but I don’t know how to make things grow.
My spring is admiring the handy work of others. I love to go to the farmers market. Farmers are the ones who let me know what is “in season.” Right now strawberries are just coming in. And there are so many delicious greens to have! I love asparagus and buy a bunch every week. I am happy to see oranges. I’m waiting for blueberries! Those are my real favorite. And there are all kinds of flowers. The market smells terrific.
While I admire the flower gardens in my neighborhood and I love the tasty produce from the market, I do not wish to have a garden of my own. I’ve toyed with the idea of learning how to grow plants well. However, having a garden would mean I have to give up something else. I don’t have the time for all the things I want to do, so I have to pick and choose. I want to write. I spend my most of my day doing just that. It is my job. I also love to knit and cook and read. All those things take time. I have chosen to spend my time in those pursuits.
Doing something you love means you have to give up something else that maybe equally as fulfilling. Choosing can be the hard part. Over a lifetime, though, there is time to explore lots of things. Gardening is not my thing now, but knitting wasn’t my thing just a decade ago. In this fresh season of the year as things are blooming and changing, maybe it’s time to take a peek at the way you use your time. What things, hobbies, activities, or programs would you like to keep and what would you like to give up? Maybe Spring has sprung some new ideas on you.