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Planting life's seeds

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

This has been perhaps the busiest year of my life. Starting a new job, moving to a new town and working towards finishing my degree at Arkansas State University are just some of the undertakings I've gone through.

Despite this, I've gotten through the year relatively unscathed, save for the seemingly incurable illnesses known as heavy eyelids and the yawns. But I know in the future I will look back at this year as one of the pivotal years in my life.

However, this isn't about dwelling on the past, it's about looking to the future. I'm set to graduate in May, soon after I will celebrate my one-year anniversary at The Times Dispatch and in Lawrence County. And with all these life-changing events that have happened in my life, I can't help but recognize the new me that has come from them.

Spring officially began on Thursday, March 20, and after the winter we had, I think we can all agree that we are happy to see it. However I'm looking at spring a bit differently this year.

Spring is the season of rebirth. The trees regain their foliage, the flowers begin to bloom again and everything looks brighter. After months of being trapped indoors to protect ourselves against freezing temperatures and harsh winds, people are springing back to life and rushing outside to the sun's rays, the birds' chirps and sweet smells.

The woman bounding out of my house to greet spring this year is a completely different one from the one who bounded out last year. The house also happens to be different.

As I recognize the cycle of rebirth that our planet goes through every year, I recognize my own rebirth, my own growth. It is my goal to nurture that growth this year and also nurture the earth's growth.

Spring means a lot of things to a lot of people but to many in this area, it means planting season. It is my belief that the best way for me to honor my personal rebirth, my growth and change, is to celebrate the growth of our planet by sowing the seeds that bring forth life.

Juanita Madden of Hoxie is one of the many new friends I've met since coming to Lawrence County, and I believe that she could grow a car if she had a good engine to plant.

She has been encouraging me in my plans to plant my first garden this year. I've attempted to have a green thumb in the past and succeeded up until the point where I forgot about the plants and discovered them three weeks later. But that was the old me, and again this is about looking to the future and not dwelling on the past.

Now I'm busy deciding what flowers I want, if I can really get those herbs to grow in my windowsill and whether I'm willing to attempt growing vegetables or not. I look forward to the fruits of my labor and seeing my garden grow, but there are also other seeds that I want to plant.

Seeing myself today, the things I've accomplished, the friends I've made and the places I've been, those all came from seeds I'd planted before. This year, I'm preparing to plant new seeds, accomplish new goals and make new friends.

The seeds I plant now will change my future and allow me to be reborn again. I look forward to watching them grow, and I look forward to watching my garden grow as I enjoy my spring and the woman I am today.

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