When we pick up the third calendar page marking March we also turn a new page in our minds and hearts. It’s a sign that light will beat darkness and warmth starts suppressing cold.
Finnish word Maaliskuu refers to earth, since in March the first southern slopes become bare of snow. In English the name of the month comes from the Roman god of was Mars. The ancient Romans went back to war after the winter rains were over.
Spring hasn’t totally come yet, albeit this is the first official spring month. Snow blizzards and colder than average, as well as warmer than average, days will still occur.
Especially in the Toronto region we have to be prepared that the weather can alter ten or fifteen degrees between morning and night. Sunshine in the blue sky can all of a sudden change into a windy blizzard with dark clouds.
It’s always good to carry appropriate clothing, like gloves, hat and perhaps an extra layer wit you. It’s a cheap health insurance.
An advent of spring can also mean pain or joy depending on a person. For some it’s a welcomed era of light and positivity, while for some others too much brightness and too a quick change can cause spring fatigue melancholy or even depression.
Also, some are affected of yearning for something unexplainable; to travel, do soul searching or longing for hereafter. Namely one peak in suicide stats happen in early spring.
On the other many poems, scripts or songs have been written in the springtime out of a sudden inspiration, or mankind benefiting inventions out of the blue. The sun really radiates mystic energy.
Here, in the colder latitudes we are lucky to have four seasons. It will ensure that our lives are never too boring and going nowhere, since the weather will challenge us.
Fortunately also all the years are different and unpredictable. Nobody knows for certainty whether next summer is extremely dry or rainy, hot or cool. In any case it wont be stable like in the Sahara or the North pole.
Many people finalize their vacation plans in March and little by little start preparing for summer by looking for lightweight clothing and summer equipment like bicycles or barbeque sets.
An important marker is the spring equinox reminding us that for the next six months we are winners. The first day of spring is like a Valentines Day with Mother nature.
The nature starts to revive and many couples get engaged as a sign of a new beginning together.
We should rejoice this springtime fullheartedly, inasmuch as it won’t last forever before summer comes with all of its routines.