The beauty in the ugly

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The end of February always seems the dreariest. I’m not sure if its the final stormy feelings that approach when you’re just ready to be done with winter, or simply a gathering of unfortunate events always around this time of year. We all know that February can notoriously be the worst, with all of that snow and a more difficult time getting outside and seeing your friends, it just really isn’t conducive to staying happy.

However, the other night I was discussing these feelings and events with my partner, as well as some of the hardest times that I’ve been through and what got me through them. They quickly pointed out that these tough times also seemed to be some of the happiest memories.

For instance, in my last two weeks of college I found myself dumped and terrified about moving halfway across the country and away from the life and friends I had come to love. The piling of feelings quickly took a toll on me, leaving me in quite the mopey state where all I wanted to do was linger in between being awake and asleep while watching repeated episodes of terrible television. My friends, being the most incredible group of people I can imagine, simply joined me. No questions asked, no hassling about getting showered and becoming a human being, they all simply got out their blankets and pillows and joined me in my living room wallowing. It turned in to be the longest slumber party and one of my fondest memories of my entire college career. Sometimes when your heart is at its heaviest you find waking up to be the hardest part of it all because everything comes whirling back so quickly, but instead each morning I awoke to all of the people I loved, and who loved me, surrounding me ready to be there for whatever I need.

Obviously my current winter blues aren’t anything of comparison to that time in my life, and now most of my friends live all across the world, but I think it is a good reminder that even your darkest moments can turn into the brightest of lights when you look back.

In other news, I decided to start an herb garden! It came out of a combination of studying agro-ecology and, lets be honest, spending too much time on pinterest but I’ve done it! Creating new, green life seemed like a perfect way to brighten up this winter, especially since Minneapolis currently finds itself under quite the ridiculous amount of snow! 

I will be sure to keep you all updated on the progress of my new found hobby! So far I have planted oregano, parsley, cilantro, mint, basil and thyme (aka I bought the “Italian” packet at Home Depot and added in some green smoothie ingredients). All in all it was only about $20, and really brightened my day!

My little seedlings so far – 

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If gardening isn’t your thing, check out these other 50 ways to take a break. Some days all you need is that 15 minute brain break in order to get yourself back on track!

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