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Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I often daydream about seasons long before they ever show up.

I wish the last few weeks of summer away with dreams of crunchy leaves and woolen socks. The day after Thanksgiving, I'm consumed with thoughts of twinkly lights and a cozy white Christmas spent by the fireplace.

And now we're in February, where I've already ordered several iced coffees; finding myself so incredibly ready for spring. I could try to blame this on the extra long and extra cold winters here in Minneapolis, but I've done this my whole life.

I love looking forward to things. My brother arrived late last night and I've been looking forward to his trip for months. I have a lot to look forward to, but even the most routine of things--autumn, winter, spring, summer--cause me to create countdowns and celebrate every little day we get closer to the goal. Maybe it's good, to be so enthusiastic about the future, but a lot of the time, I feel like I'm missing out on what's directly surrounding me.

So this season, I will try to sit in the present without wishing it away. I want to do more than accept what is in front of me--I want to be thankful for it. For extra snow and a new experience. For this long winter before Rob and I begin our marriage and start figuring out what's next for us. This most likely could be my last Minnesota winter, so I want to hold on to it. My brother is here for five days and there are hot beverages to drink and frozen waterfalls to see.

These winters are long, but they're good. My sundresses can wait.

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. 
--Albert Camus


  1. I'm trying to do the same thing myself. It's so easy to get caught up in the countdown, crossing things off a list.

  2. Love this so much. Such a good reminder to not wish away the present.

  3. we always have to have something to look forward to ;) This winter for everyone up North has been incredibly difficult. I can not imagine. Soon enough Spring will be back.

  4. I go through the same battle all of the time! Last weekend I realized just how much I am looking forward to summer. But, I decided to get outside and enjoy what winter has to offer. :)

    As for you and Rob moving...I remember you mentioning it, but I didn't know it would end up be before next winter! Where are you guys thinking of heading this time?

  5. you've hit the nail on the head - this is me too! i cannot wait for spring. crocuses sprouting from the ground, pastels, and easter eggs! bring it on. this snow needs to go away and a warm breeze needs to find me!

  6. I do the exact same thing. I've been dreaming of spring and I know when it's finally here I'll be dreaming of summer.

  7. Great thoughts! I do the same thing (as it seems many others do!)...always wishing for the next season. I feel as though I'm finally content in life though so maybe it's just the weather? The want to enjoy the great things about each passing season. I'm definitely going to try to continue to enjoy my heated blanket and cozy socks though before it's too hot to want to wear anything :)


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