Time to Bloom
Spring is here! The weather in Matagorda was a little cooler than expected for Spring Breakers as they came out in droves to soak up the sun and the sea breeze. We are so blessed to have the Colorado River and the Gulf of Mexico right at our finger tips. People from all over the United States find their way to our quiet township. I met families at the camp ground that were from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, both trying to escape the last remnants of winter, the season that was a no-show in our area.
One of the families shared their story of traveling down south to Matagorda. Between New Jersey and Texas, they camped at various campsites, some with beautiful scenery and others with the only amenity being that it’s clean; however, no matter where they lay their heads at night, they were thankful for each day they had on the road and the folks they met along the way. Despite inclement weather, auto maintenance issues, and challenging campers or mosquitoes, they were thrilled by the opportunity to seek out adventure on the road rather than pass over it at 35,000 feet.
One common thread throughout our conversation was the feeling of connectedness they shared with fellow campers. With all the hostility being reported in the world today, they said it’s nice when you can run into perfect strangers that have the same pride in our country and appreciate the freedom that our military men and women fought for. They sowed the seeds so we could celebrate holidays like Spring Break.
I thought back to when I was a young girl and would help my mom with our flowerbeds. She told me to always buy perennials because they would continue to bloom year after year. Before, neighbors loved to look at my mom’s beautiful flowers; no matter what time of year, something was always blooming. Ever wonder what it would be like if people had the attitude of blooming no matter what circumstance they were challenged with in life? Rather than succumbing to the hostility of others (i.e. weeds), they simply make a point to be their best every day.
For the most part, people were at their best blooming on the beach and at the campground during Spring Break. It was easy to witness it in their smiles and their laid-back manner. Every single day is a gift and an opportunity to bloom.
Albert Einstein once said, “The most important decision we make daily is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.” How do you look at the world we live in? It’s up to you to decide. Choose to be the bloom instead of the weed.
Originally published in the Bay City Tribune on Sunday, March 19, 2017.