It’s that time of the year again! The adamant chill in the air slowly starts giving way to the warmth of longer days. The beautiful cloudy sky makes the sun’s every affair with the horizon a treat to watch. Intermittent showers persuade the coy flower buds to open up and they play along enthusiastically to adorn trees and entire fields in a beautiful melange of whites, pinks, yellows and a myriad other colors. Lush greenery starts taking over brown hills. The snowpacks on distant mountains seem to melt away with joy making river banks start their disappearing act. It feels as if life is oozing from every pore of nature. What a lovely word we have to describe this transformation – Spring!
Spring is like the infant period of the year long cycle of nature. For humans, the infant period is the first year after birth. This is when babies utter their first words, learn to stand and take those first tiny steps, start bonding with the world around them and in general are too cute to not melt our hearts away. We see life peeking through their every small movement. May be that’s why many reminiscing parents say that infancy was the most magical time they spent with their kids.
If we observe carefully, these feelings of beauty, excitement, pure happiness and of being almost in conversation with life itself are ingrained in the phase of infancy. However the infant phase itself is not limited to just nature or babies and it exists in almost everything that seems to have a beginning and an end. The first few hours after waking up are full of hopes of making the best of the day ahead. The first couple of days in a week long road trip are the most euphoric. The struggle and payoffs in the initial months of learning something new. The latest project, a new city, a lovely hike, falling in love and I could go on and on.
It is undeniable that there is a certain magic that follows new beginnings. But that magic is soon lost if not nurtured and cared for. Things start to become routine, lack of new challenges makes everything mundane and the initial exuberance unknowingly comes to a sluggish halt. Overcoming this tedium is as simple as consciously relishing the beauty of the numerous little infant phases that dot our life. More importantly it’s crucial to deliberately create new experiences which lie outside our comfort zone to avoid getting consumed by the boredom that quietly sneaks into our lives.
Life begins in every new beginning and thrives in infancy. Let’s spring forward to make the most of it!