Springing Forward: Celebrating and Appreciating Life

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Spring has traditionally been seen as the season of rebirth. It is a time of renewal, when the plants break through the leftover frost and the puddles make our walks more whimsical. For many, the still-new year doesn’t really seem to start until springtime. In a social and political climate as tumultuous as ours, it can be nice to take a moment to smell the newly budding flowers and take in the world around us as it springs back to life. Too often we forget that we are all human beings sharing this planet we call Earth. We get so caught up in the doom and gloom of the big picture that we start to lose perspective of what really matters: kindness and respect. We’re all strapped to this flying rock hurtling around the sun (in the same boat, if you will), and the least we can do is take care of each other. It does us no good to tear each other down and dwell on the little things, when we’re all in this together.

Thankfully, change is on the wind. A record number of women have taken office in both the House and Senate, representation in media is at an all-time high and rising, and advancements in science and technology are being made every single day. The future is looking bright for 2019, but we shouldn’t forget about the wonders right in front of us. For this month’s issue, we here at ing Magazine wanted to take some time to not only acknowledge National Women’s History Month by highlighting the advancements that local women are making in every field imaginable, but also take a look at other perspectives we don’t often see in the mainstream media, such as what it’s like to work on the other side of the bar during that great green holiday. In the modern age, we tend to take a lot of things for granted. We’re often so caught up in, and desensitized by, the happenings of the world around us that we forget to appreciate what’s right in front of us. From our local bus drivers to food service workers, the natural wonders of the world and the impact we have on them – it’s important to celebrate and appreciate the world we live in, and to take that positivity and momentum with us as we look toward the future.

As always, spring is a time for hope. As we look forward, let’s not forget to look at the people right beside us, at the world we’ve yet to explore and to all the possibilities at our fingertips. Make 2019 a year to remember – not for the darkness that lingers from years past, but for the overwhelming optimism and positive energy we channel into every new day. You don’t have to be perfect, just try and be better and the rest will follow. In the words of famed comedian Conan O’Brien, “Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.”