I’ve always been a huge fan of fall. Honestly, nothing beats the crisp air, the feeling of crunchy leaves under your boots, the first sip of a pumpkin spice latte, cozy sweaters, apple picking, warm apple cider, and of course, my birthday. I love how beautiful the fall foliage is, how cozy all home decor is, and how the world around me is always decorated in beautiful shades of orange, brown, and red.
Today, I fell in love with spring. I fell in love with the way the world suddenly comes alive, with how much changes in only one day. I fell in love with the warmth, with the sunshine, and with the way in which I was relieved from my own stress, even only for a few hours. In my humble opinion, I live in the most perfect part of New Jersey. I am a ten minute drive to the beach, an hour train ride into the city and for the more adventurous people, unlike myself, an hour and a half away from the mountains and skiing. The best part is that no matter which season you’re partial to, there’s a place for you to go, and for me, that place is the beach – any time of year.
Today was a beautiful second day of spring and an even more beautiful day on the Jersey Shore. In the spring, the world comes alive. There are more kids playing outside, more homeowners tending to their yards, more color all around. There’s more life, more sun, more hope. And because of my perfect location, I can take a quick drive down to the beach and see it come alive.
I sat along the boardwalk with someone I hold near and dear to me today – someone I’ve known her entire life, someone I consider more of a little sister than just a friend. We talked about everything and nothing, as girls normally do. We got into life, our plans for the future, our demons, our struggles. We talked and watched people pass by on the boardwalk – a family with little kids skipping down the boardwalk, a trendy girl skateboarding with her face in her phone, an older woman riding her beach cruiser, a couple walking their puppies. It was the perfect setting. The perfect conversation. And the perfect reminder that sometimes, we need to stop and restore ourselves. Sometimes even a conversation can rejuvenate and revive us. And sometimes, the beginning of spring can help bring that full circle.
Today was just a reminder that even in the midst of raging storms, even when hope seems lost or dreams seem scattered, or even when it seems as though you’re alone in everything you’re going through – there is always hope. There’s hope in conversations with old friends, hope in sunshine, hope in a flower blooming, hope in the waves crashing along the shore. Hope in the beginnings of seasons.
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“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” -Ernest Hemingway