It's safe to open your eyes now.

So, we've rolled into February and oh, what a glorious month it's already turning into!  In fact, this very morning, I was awoken by the light of the sun, gently beaming in through the crevice between the curtain and the wall.  Its rays hitting my eyelids like a gentle prod, encouraging me to get up and get moving.  Looking out to the back courtyard and seeing everything clearly for the first time in months, how could I not have wanted to leap out of bed!

Okay, okay, it's not spring just yet and yes, there are still patches of snow lingering on the ground, but I can't help but feel this immeasurable bubbling excitement in the pit of my stomach.  It's the onset of change.  Can you feel it?  It's mounting.  There is no denying that.

Maybe six months ago that feeling would have soaked me in fear induced sweat.  I mean, let's face it, change is kinda like a dirty word, isn't it.  Yet, somewhere between last summer's heartache and this winter's heartache, I've kind of learnt to embrace it.  Now it's more like something I look forward to, something I crave even and boy do I crave it right now!

It's like they say, 'time flies when you're having fun' and the warmer months are nearly always fun, aren't they?  Bicycle rides, bare skin, sweet kisses and a plethora of adventures and colourful food.  Whereas winter on the other hand...Well, it's all grey skies, dark days, damp clothes and huddling for warmth around any heated implement you can find!  Of course it seems long!  Every moment aches by like a lifetime!

Well guys, I feel as though I can finally see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel...Or in real talk, I can finally see the sun breaking through the grey Berlin skyline and it appears as though spring is definitely prepping itself for launch!  I can't deny I really need this.  I desperately need that boost of vitamin D.  I need to be able to bear witness to the tiny bursts of colour, breaking through the hardened frosty ground.  I need those abysmal temperatures to rise, just a few tiny degrees and to be able to leave at least one layer behind, when I walk out the door.  Spring, I need you!

Winter's been long and arduous and in truth, there were several times whereby I found myself tempted to escape, but in the end, it seems as though the Rabbi was right; sometimes you just need to stick it out, because, when you get through to the warmer months, it's almost like a grand achievement, knowing you've made it through to the other side.

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