Slowly & Steadily Running From Winter

winter springToday, Modern Philosophers, was the first full day of Spring.  I don’t know about you, but I woke up to find snow on the ground.  The lingering leftovers from the blizzard of Tuesday and Wednesday made my world look more like the Curse of Eternal Winter than the Promise of Spring.

Then I had a Deep Thought or three, and decided that I was going to take control of my Seasons.  I’ve always believed that the easiest way to get through a stressful time is by playing mind games…if I can distract myself from the stress and make myself believe I’m in a better, happier place, then all will be well with the world.

Clearly, this theory is a work in progress because I’m often miserable and bitter and ready to go ten rounds with the world just to prove that I can still kick its ass.  Plus, I look damn good dancing around the ring in my toga and boxing gloves.

toga party Little Orphan Annie kept her promise and the sun did come out tomorrow, with tomorrow being today.  Clearly.  Try to keep up here.  Yesterday was the first day of Spring, but it snowed.  Today is tomorrow and the sun came out.  Sure, it was only 40 degrees, but for Maine in March, that’s a heat wave, baby.  That’s more than enough reason to throw a Toga Party, Modern Philosophers!

I made up my mind that I was going for a run after work.  The sun was out, the calendar said it was Spring, so I was going to ignore all that snow and take my exercise outside.  Of course, the sidewalks were still covered in snow (really, Town of Brewer?  I pay an insane amount of money in property taxes…doesn’t that at least get me plowed sidewalks?).  So I took it to the street.  And that was even better.

I had Foo Fighters and Audioslave blasting on my MP3 player.  I kept thinking about The Girl Who Always Ran With Me and might’ve even convinced myself she was right there next to me.  Whenever my legs started to feel heavy, I cranked the music a little louder, looked up at the sun, and thought about how awesome it’s going to be when I can put on my short toga and work on my tan during my runs.

tulips-yellowFor the worst part of my run, I focused on a mental image of a single yellow tulip.  Not only does that picture have a deep, personal meaning for me, which pushed me to find another gear, but it also reminded me of Spring…the season that is taking over and shoving Winter deep into the back of my closet of bad memories.

It wasn’t my best run, but it was exactly what I needed to convince myself that Winter was gone and won’t be back until I’ve enjoyed Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Sure, that snow is still going to be out there tomorrow when I head to work, but that doesn’t mean that my mind won’t be cluttered with yellow tulips, bright sunshine, and the image of a certain brown eyed girl in a sundress beckoning me to dance with her on the front porch.

Happy spring, my friends!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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14 Responses to Slowly & Steadily Running From Winter

  1. momshieb says:

    Happy freakin’ spring, Austin.
    Its snowing here in Central Mass.
    And I can’t run because I broke the hell out of my toe.
    Bring on the Cadbury Cream eggs; I need some solace!

    • Austin says:

      Sorry about your toe the snow. Mind over matter…convince yourself all is well. Deep thoughts! 🙂

    • John says:

      Over here in the UK they’ve run out of stock, they decided to release them something like a month or two early and didn’t anticipate demand. Never been able to understand why they don’t make them a year round thing.


    • Austin says:

      I gave my love a cherry that had no stone… I love it when Bluto grabs the guitar and smashes it. Belushi was the man… 🙂

      • alundeberg says:

        At one of my parties years ago, two guys showed up and they looked just like Pinto and Flounder. They didn’t seem thrilled with being compared to two characters from the greatest movie of all time (besides BTTF)– especially Flounder. Oh, well. Can’t win them all.

      • Austin says:

        I wouldn’t mind being compared to any of the dudes from Delta House. They were awesome. 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  4. Maybe moving a little further south on the coastline?

  5. Eagle Tech says:

    It would’ve been cool if Tulips spontaneously sprouted at your feet. I think I’d better not tell you what the weather is like here.

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