Crocuses herald spring for me. This one is from a pot of forced bulbs I planted in January. The bulbs just never made it outside last fall.
Spring is a time for looking forward and making plans. More so than the New Year, which to me is a time for hunkering down and slogging through dark, long, cold nights. This year, in particular, spring is a time of renewal as I just started a new job. It is an ideal position for me as I will be at a two year college in a nearby state teaching and helping to develop a new program. I will be working closely with students, which I enjoy. I do have regrets giving up research, but I am hoping eventually to offer undergraduate research experience. What is great about this new beginning is that I am planning how I want to the new program to grow. These plans will change as I get to know the college and the types of students being taught there, but it is pleasant making such plans for the future.
This optimism is echoed by the arrival of spring. At the same time as planning new classes, I am planning a garden again and starting, unsuccessfully so far, seeds. The days are getting longer and soon they will be warmer. Gardens are very forgiving, you can start anew each year. Even if you failed last year, a new spring heralds the opportunity to succeed this year, or next year or sometime in the future. Similarly, my new position offers me the chance to succeed and excel and continue with my career.