Don’t Force Yourself to Bloom Too Soon

Some seasons are for rest

Jenna Goldsmith


Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

The middle of February is still very much the middle of winter – at least here in Canada. The trees are still bare, the wind is still biting, and snow still covers everything.

Or it would, if it weren’t for this false spring we’re having.

Jokes about Canadian seasons drift around social media spaces this time of year. It’s usually something like:

Canada’s Seasons:


Fool’s Spring

Second Winter

Spring of Deception

Third Winter

Mud Season

Actual Spring


False Fall

Second Summer

Actual Fall

According to this list, we are currently in the “Fool’s Spring.”

In fact, in one particularly sunny patch of garden, an early Hyacinth is trying to push itself out of the soil. The poor thing is in for a rude awakening when the temperatures drop again.

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Anyway, all that is to say, I am in the midst of my own “False Spring.”

My wintering is not over just yet, but much like the Hyacinth, I’m trying to push myself to bloom before it’s time.

I’ve been through an extended creative winter before.

It’s very natural to go through yearly cycles with the seasons. I always find myself feeling quieter and more reserved in the winter before finding my energy again in the spring.

But lately, I’ve been feeling frustrated with myself for not being able to have the same output creatively…