With the first day of Spring now behind us, I thought this was an appropriate post to write. After a long Winter and Fall, with short days, cold weather, and maybe some snow, the first days of Spring are a relief. We are still far from the longest or warmest day of the year, but the days are longer and you may even be able to step outside comfortably in short sleeves. The feeling of the sun on your skin is one of the great simple pleasures of being alive.
Almost more so than the warm weather, what I really look forward to when Spring is around the corner are the long days. There is no artificial light that can ever come close to the light of the sun. Whether I’m inside my house sitting in a sunny room or outside in the evening taking a walk, sunlight makes me feel energized and peaceful at the same time. When the days are short, all you feel like doing is hibernating, the dark makes you feel like laying low. But, when the mornings are earlier and the nights are later you crave activity, even if that activity is simply sitting outside with a cold drink.
After several months of bundling up everytime you go outside, it feels good to let your bare skin have contact with the warm air. Aside from getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D, our sense of well-being increases when it’s warm and life just feels a little more relaxed. The warm sun usually makes me want to just lay around – but taking a walk, spending time in nature or playing a game or a sport are other good ways to enjoy the sun. Going to the beach is one of my favorite warm weather activities and one of my favorite ways to enjoy the sun. Of course, with my fair skin I’m also usually covered in sunscreen and spending quality time under an umbrella, but nevertheless I know the sun is there with me.
The sunshine makes me feel as if Life has returned after a long rest. Spending even 15 minutes outside makes you feel as if you also, have woken up and are ready to start a new day. But maybe, most of all, the return of the sun reminds us that no matter how long it goes away, it always comes back.
How does the sunshine make you feel? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section. 🙂