BY DINEO LOLA
I love the change of seasons, they always symbolise a range of possibilities. They signal a new dawn, a fresh start. I particularly enjoy the warmer seasons, spring and summer because they allow one to be free and wear short-shorts Monday to Monday, amongst other fashion pleasures. Life is essentially a beach, during these seasons.
But there’s so much more to a new season, than what fashion runways bring forth, the SpringSummer14 selections by the way have been visionary. There are great collections to look forward to with plenty of florals (not that we’re complaining, we love florals) sunnies, kimonos, flip flops and countless other great fashion pieces, there’s something intangible, there is hope. The new season brings about a renewed sense of hope.
Hope is a phenomenon that we seldom appreciate, it may manifest itself in the most uncanny of ways and forms. Never bluntly in your face, sometimes just subtle hints from Mother Nature reminding us that we’re going be fine, or a simple compliment from a stranger that could completely alter your outlook on life, or that issue that has been bugging you for quite some time.
We’re all aware of how our winters’ can be bitterly cold, which is much like a bleak period in one’s life. A point where you just miss the sunny skies, and the safety and assurance they bring about. Arthur Schopenhauer summed it up simply when he said “life without pain has no meaning” and it doesn’t necessarily have to be physical pain, but the varied forms of pain. Which are often symbolised by the winter of ones’ life. Suffice to say, we love sunny South Africa. Now back to the fun part, ah yes spring. What is it about this particular season that symbolises hope, to me?
To start off, spring is defined as per Wikipedia (Wiki is surprisingly useful), as: the season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from March to May and in the southern hemisphere from September to November.
The season after winter, after the darkness, quite poetic, the fresh breath of air and the blossoms of the vegetation. So picture yourself as a plant, a flower, that is now blooming, so it can show of its beauty in summer. It makes the prospect of winter so much more tolerable. In essence, this effort was to remind us of how we need to go through certain events in our life, no matter how dark or cold, to enjoy the happier times. This is how one grows, into their best.
Happy Spring to all.