This is the time of the year for me that allows me to focus on what changes and/or improvements that I would like to undertake in my life. I make a few New Year’s resolutions every year, but for the most part, any serious resolution – at least, for me – happens during this time period. There are far fewer distractions now than at the beginning of a new year!
More importantly, I’m not one of those persons who is able to easily assess my life goals during the cold weather. In winter, I am far too obsessed with the struggles of keeping comfortable and warm. There exists a term known as “brain freeze” and I imagine that I am severely restricted by that affliction! The end result being that I am completely focused on survival during the wintertime!
My spouse, Aaron, is equally susceptible to the colder weather, the same as myself. For the both of us, the winters aren’t conducive to improving our lives in any way save trying to keep ourselves in comfort. During the cold season, with the frigid temperatures and elements outside, our thoughts are solely with cuddling together and waiting for the season and the temperature to change for what’s best for us both!
One winter exception for us is, at least once every season, getting outside and getting s’naked (snow + naked = s’naked). It isn’t a prolonged activity but it is enjoyable to have a cold weather experience similar to skinny-dipping. A little variety always add some “spice” into life!
During the Springtime, I personally have more time to dedicate to contemplating what, if any, changes I need to make in my life. Professionally, the academic year usually ends by the middle of the month of May. This affords me ample time to think about what the past academic year provided and any challenges that I may have encountered.
Having this time of year with the warmer weather outside and the freedom from most professional obligations works perfectly for me. While reviewing the year’s academic challenges, I am also allowed the clothes-freedom of experiencing nature at its best. I can take my time and think of what, if any, changes that I need to adapt in my professional capacity and to develop and adjust any adjustments that I need to make.
I am also able to consider any forthcoming issues in my professional life and prepare for them. My school at my university has a policy that all new adaptations need to be offered to all professors at the conclusion of the Spring semester rather than at the beginning of the Autumn semester (in September). This allows us all to equally think about what these new regulations entail and how best to incorporate them into our professional lives.
The time that is available during the Spring and Summer seasons, for me at least, does not impact on my leisure time. I enjoy life, especially outdoor social nudity, as well as I have ample time for my pleasure reading, photography, and other pursuits. Aaron, my spouse, and I have time to jointly discuss and introduce any additions or modifications that either of us feel is needed in our domestic routines or our relationship. This enables us both to maintain satisfaction in all our time together.
Additionally, I use this time of the year to assess where I am at the moment and to consider any changes that I would like to make in my personal life. Instead of trying to do this as the New Year’s holiday approaches, I find that this is the better time for me to evaluate and contemplate. I may or may not implement any new personal goals or tasks immediately; often I may delay any change until the new calendar year arrives. But I still use this period in my life to review myself and to plan ahead for any developments that I feel are necessary.
After all, there is no writing on a “stone tablet” that commands any life change all at once!