After cocooning in our small spaces, keeping our corners clean and our dishes washed, the coming of spring brings a new craving! When sun streams in through windows, and newly green buds pop out on trees, I feel like a purge.
Purging can be part of a spring ritual that seems logical, but has long, ancient historical roots. Spring is new life—new flowers, baby birds. There are celebrations of spring in nearly all human cultures, as we celebrated new life for eons! Spring is new life, with all forms of cultural symbolism stripped away.
How could I celebrate spring in my studio apartment, with no space for a plant? By purging that which no longer is relevant to my “new” experience in the world. I had heard so many descriptions of purging (not related to stomach issues) that made me feel irritated. Purge my clothing? No way! Unless it has a hole in it my fist goes through, it stays! Books? No, too precious! I already clean out the refrigerator, so that is not a problem, thank you very much! What could I purge to make me feel like I am celebrating spring, in my small space?
This was a question that required some thought. Then, it popped into my head! Purging doesn’t have to mean throwing away something, like “clutter clearing” advocates always propose, for those of us in small spaces. I throw away things I don’t need, recycle regularly, and restrain myself, when assaulted by ads for new stuff. Maybe I don’t need to throw away, but just change something.
So, I looked around my small space. I love it, it needs work, but it’s always good to have a project. What could I purge? Then, it came to me! I can purge my disappointment in everything! The last year and a half, living in a city, the ways things have been bizarre, people close to me, people I don’t know, the anxiety of remote grocery shopping, myself. Without the burden of my disappointment, there is a void that I can fill with… spring. I can go to the park, sit under an enormous tree and really start to celebrate. It’s here for us and it’s time to say “Hello Spring!”