The sun has reemerged, the flowers at Point Dume are in bloom and the butterflies have started their migration. It looks like that groundhog was right: Spring is coming.
Spring back home in Seattle means the grass has regained its green hue, the trees are growing new leaves, the birds have begun to sing again outside my window and the weather has peaked at 55 degrees (yes, really). Here in Malibu, spring brings beach trips, doing homework in a hammock and making the change from hot coffee to iced.
But at Pepp, I’m feeling the dynamic change too.
Seniors are feeling senioritis and the pressure to know what they’re doing after school. Freshmen are facing the ending of their first full year of school and preparing for abroad. Sophomores are facing big changes, whether that’s coming back home from abroad or adjusting to everyone else returning home, and juniors are stepping into their final year at college.
It’s a season of change, both inside and outside.
It can be easy, for me at least, to get caught up in the end of the year stress. With final tests and papers steadily approaching, I’m finding it harder to focus on the things right in front of me as I watch change creep over the horizon.
Every day feels like we’re sprinting to the end of the school year, racing to a summer of unknowns. Especially in the wake of a hard first semester, summer vacation seems like it can’t come soon enough. But we have to embrace spring before we can leap into summer.
So I encourage you to take a break, smell the flowers and remember that this season of life is wonderful. Change is beautiful and opportunities for growth are found all around you; don’t be afraid to bloom where you’re planted.
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