I always associate the return of spring with the 2005 film “Pride & Prejudice,” adapted from Jane Austen’s novel of the same name. As I sit here listening to a playlist inspired by the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, I grow eager for spring. The not too hot, not too cold weather is something I’m especially excited about. There are many ways for us to channel spring energy — from Sunday morning picnics to watching our surroundings bloom.
There is just something refreshing about opening a window to allow a breeze to brush across your face in the early mornings, a feeling of warmth coinciding with the sound of birds chirping aloud from the nearby trees. I often have a burst of energy when the seasons change from bristling winter to fruitful spring. To me, spring is a time to recharge.
I wonder why I feel that way. When I think back to my high school days, I suppose the constant ingraining of what spring symbolizes in music and literature has stuck with me. The awakening of nature after being dormant for many months is something incredibly symbolic. “Pride & Prejudice” emulates this very sentiment. When I think of this film, I think of the scene when Mr. Darcy confesses his admiration for Elizabeth after a very dramatic entrance. “You have bewitched me, mind and soul” is what he actually says. Everything about this scene and its relevance to the beginning of springtime is what makes it what it is: not only a bloom of flowers but a bloom of emotions.
I’ve seen countless students spread across campus absorbing the sun’s rays these past few days as the temperatures increase. Like the birds and the bees, we sun-lovers are crawling out of our hiding. It’s oddly comforting seeing all of nature’s critters showing themselves once more.
So, how can one channel spring energy? Simple. Spend more time immersed with nature. Sit underneath a plethora of Japanese magnolia trees. Complete your readings on a wooden bench or sprawled out on a blanket on the grass. Wear your best floral-patterned attire — even if there’s no occasion in particular.
Use the unfolding of the clouds and the appearance of the sun as a sign. A sign to forget about the winter blues and the seasonal sadness. Spring is a wonderful season for a restart — even if you don’t have a Mr. Darcy or Elizabeth Bennet of your own.