It’s Kansas. One can never be sure of what kind of weather is waiting on the other side of the front door, but since it is March, it is Spring in my book.
This means a lot to me.
First, I hate being cooped up in the house all the time. Sure, I enjoy surfing the Internet and watching Netflix as much, if not more, than the next guy, but I like to be in control of that decision. I don’t like it when the weather dictates my laziness. I want to make the call to spend an entire day in my recliner.
Second, I think I can actually hear my motorcycle whimpering to get out on the road. Sure, I could take it out as long as there isn’t snow or ice on the road, but neither of us likes the cold weather. Call us wimps if you will, but the sunshine makes for a much better ride.
Third, baseball season is starting. Being able to enjoy the outdoors while sitting and watching nine innings of strategy and excitement is a perfect way to spend the day. I can’t wait to be out on The Hill watching the Wichita State Shockers.
Fourth, March Madness is upon us. I look forward to watching the Shocker men make a deep run.
However, the most important reason spring is important to me is golf.
I know I’ve written about it before, but I love going golfing. It is the only time I can truly disconnect and be at one with my thoughts and nature.
Of all the activities I take part in, golf is the most relaxing. Golf allows me to focus on one thing — getting the ball into the hole in as few swings as possible. It doesn’t require any extra thought.
By focusing on that one goal, it frees my mind. It allows me to work out issues and has inspired my creative writing on more than one occasion.
It’s also fun that my wife has gotten into the game. It’s nice to have a hobby we can enjoy together, and, if we forego the golf cart, we can even get in some exercise.
Even if you aren’t a fan of golf, or anything else I’ve discussed thus far, the point is I encourage you to get outside when it’s nice and experience the outdoors.
You could do something as simple as go for a walk, or, if you don’t want to be active, sit in a lawn chair.
Of course, if you or your children are of the more adventurous type, you could try rodeo.
No, I’m not crazy. There are high school students taking part in this sport all across the state.
Guest reporter Kylah Comley, a senior basketball phenom and editor of her high school’s newsmagazine, wrote the feature for this month, and she highlighted students at her high school who have rodeo in their blood.
It’s great read, and you get to hear from four student-athletes who don’t fit into the typical mold of high school sports.
Some of them even compete just down the road in Kingman, so if you were looking for a way to get out and enjoy some nice weather, you could go watch some of these incredible young people take part in something most of us would never consider doing.
Yes, Spring is in air. It is a time for renewal and looking forward to what is to come. Gone are the doldrums of winter. With the blooming of the flowers, a sense of excitement and longing for time spent with those you love doing something special to all of you blooms as well.
When I’m not golfing, I’ll probably be grilling, so if you can’t find me on the links, look for me cooking some of them.