I think we can all agree that so far, 2020 has been a little…chaotic, to say the least. I won’t say it could be worse since there’s a good chance I’ll jinx it. Without getting into the details of everything that has happened (and continues to happen) this year, let’s just say we all know it’s been pretty depressing.
The good news? Things will get better. Change will come. It always does.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you already know I’m not a huge fan of summer, but spring is different – especially this year. Though the official season has already started, there is still plenty of time to embrace it and everything it represents.
Whether you’re currently “social distancing” and looking for something to fill your time, or you need to feel rejuvenated and refreshed after a long and lonely winter, now is the perfect time to try something new, get your hands on unexpected experiences, and put a little liveliness into your spring season. Let’s look at a few ideas you can try to give yourself a boost!
1. Strawberry Picking
Spring is strawberry season in many parts of the country and strawberry picking is a great way to spend a morning with your friends, family, or partner. Many U-Pick farms allow you to pick to your heart’s content, weighing out whatever you’ve managed to grab and sending you home with it!
The strawberries you get from the store just can’t compare with their freshly-picked counterparts. If you really want to make the day into an event, pick your strawberries in the morning and have a “canning party” in the afternoon where you make deliciously sweet strawberry jam. You don’t have to be a domestic god to make it work – you just have to have a little patience, the ability to read a recipe, and maybe a buddy to help you slice up all those berries.
2. Throw a BBQ
As of April 2020, 95% of people in America were under some kind of stay-at-home order due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. While as of now, no one still has an exact idea of when those orders will end, we can take comfort in knowing they’ll be lifted eventually.
When they are, we’ll all need a little extra social interaction. It’s the perfect excuse to throw a spring BBQ. You don’t have to wait for the dog days of summer when it’s too hot to be standing over a grill. Instead, ease people into the season and enjoy spending time together by being outside, eating delicious food, and playing games. It might seem like old-fashioned fun, but don’t we all need a little bit more of that right now?
3. Go Fishing
If you’ve never been fishing before, or even if it’s never appealed to you before, that should be an even bigger reason to give it a try.
Fishing isn’t for everyone, but it’s something that you should try at least once in your life. For many people, it’s a big stress-reliever. You can either find a local fishing spot or spend the day on a charter specifically designed for people to go out on the water and catch a few! If you’re new to the ‘sport,’ you can use a fish finder, like the ones on https://fishinglab.net, to make the search for the perfect catch a little bit easier for you.
If you really want to go a step above, you can learn to clean and filet your fish yourself or have a local fishmonger do it for you. Fish typically freezes incredibly well, so you can stock your freezer with your catches and enjoy fresh fish well into summer for light and healthy dinners.
4. Tour Your Own City
There’s never been a time to re-introduce yourself to your own community and support local businesses along the way. Maybe you were ‘robbed’ of a spring break this year, or maybe you already know when summer hits the city will be crawling with tourists.
So, take this time to hit the town and play tourist in the place you call home. You can check out some local tourist attractions, or go off the beaten path and visit places you’ve never been before. You might just be surprised at how much you can learn about where you live when you take the time to go exploring.
Hopefully, some of these ideas get you excited for the season and take you out of your comfort zone. After a long winter (and a long start to spring), I think we’re already to open ourselves up to different things and unique experiences. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new this spring!