end of season clearance.

when the seasons change, we tend to change as well. or at the very least, take stock of where we’re at and look ahead to where we’re going.

spring means a fresh start. getting fit, shedding layers, breaking free.

summer is for fun and frivolity. our warm season is so short in canada, that there is a pressure to make the most of it – really dig our heels in. i once promised myself a ‘summer of total regrets’. (and i meant that in the best possible way of course)

fall is for last kicks at the can. while we start to settle in and cozy up, we also feel that last push to make something of our long-forgotten resolutions, the last days of lovely weather and the gathering of gumption to finish the year out strong.

winter means hibernation. eating all the food, watching all the shows and making a giant ass-shaped dent in our couch.

but the end of the year and the start of a new one also has us looking back to look ahead. it sparks a kind of reflection which leads to all sorts of start-overs, do-overs and revisions.

we make solemn plans to become devout worker-outers. we cleanse. we de-clutter, we organize, we prioritize. we clear out the old to make way for the new. we want growth and change and we pledge to make this our ‘best year ever’.

in other words, we vow to keep our promises this time.

but sometimes our intentions are bigger than we are and if we don’t make the mark, it can end in disappointment, regret and even self-pity. we put a lot of pressure on time. we want to erase the lousy moments and implore the new year to save us from the year that just passed.

i think with each season’s end and with every year that rolls by, we should continue to do the clearance thing. it gives us a reason to tell the universe we need a restart.

we should make the resolutions. i personally love a checklist so crossing things off makes me feel accomplished.

we should come up with goals and dreams and have grand future plans.

but i also think – as drippy as it sounds – that we should live in the here and now. we shouldn’t wish our time away. even the crummiest of moments. because time goes. it always will. but this moment – the one we’re in right now – is one moment we know we’ve got. as is condition.

it came for a reason.

it is ours.

and only we get to decide how we want to be in it. lucky lucky us.

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