There is something about beginnings that sends my mind and heart aflutter.
Whether it is starting a new project or pursuit, moving or visiting somewhere new, or trying something new, there is an excitement to that newness. The start of a new season is no exception either. We often have some expectation of what will occur in the future, based on some past experiences and whatever actions we have taken to try to facilitate some outcome. But the other part of what makes newness exhilarating must be the unknown. For in face we have no certainty or control really over what will come. While excitement is one side of newness, I've also written recently about the uneasiness that can also come with the unknown. And it is a hard thing to accept that we don't know what will happen, try as we might! That said, I've often found that the best most rewarding and most worthwhile things in my life have a complex suite of emotions and experiences associated with them. The best things in my life cannot be summarized simply.
As of today summer is upon us and there is the promise of new possibilities. There is a list of things I would like to do over the summer. Some must be done - like fieldwork! And others may be wishful thinking, like camping, unfortunately. It does seem a little unfair that at the height of our excitement, when the season is new, that every day thereafter begins to get shorter, and there is less time in the sunshine to get done all the things we had hoped. But none of this mattered this morning as I set off in the summer sun to go for a hike at Marshlands Conservation Area, where I was greeted by hedge bindweed that were also enjoying the summer sun.
I can say with certainty that the summer will be filled with countless hours exploring outside. There will be hikes, but what I may encounter on any given hike will remain to be seen! As the summer progresses what is now the unknown will be filled with memories that I will carry with me into the future.
News, reflections, notes and other ramblings from the trail by PTBO Flora founder Rachel.