It’s May 1st. May Day. We talked about May Day and Maypoles in elementary school though I remember little about the holiday. Apparently, May Day marks the end of the unfarmable winter in the Northern hemisphere. It marks the arrival of Spring while also a time for honoring organized labor in some places.
Unknowingly, I spent the day appropriately, much of it in the garden. Digging and weeding, planting and transplanting. The weather cooperated beautifully and I was appreciating the mild weather, the sound of birds, the smell of dirt and plant life and the ability to grow some of our own food. I am learning much from friends and neighbors which makes the labor fun and relaxing. Thankfully, I don’t have to become an expert in gardening because I have so much support. Not knowing or doing everything is something I now embrace. I appreciate the way Leo Babauta talks about this as one of his life lessons.
13. You will miss a ton, but that’s OK. We’re so caught up in trying to do everything, experience all the essential things, not miss out on anything important … that we forget the simple fact that we cannot experience everything. That physical reality dictates we’ll miss most things. We can’t read all the good books, watch all the good films, go to all the best cities in the world, try all the best restaurants, meet all the great people. But the secret is: life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.
Isn’t that a huge relief? We’re not meant to learn it all, do it all, excel at it all. And life’s better when we let that expectation go and simply enjoy what we can learn, do, experience. That should be a May Day celebration. Something about really tasting life. Knowing we can’t have it all, why not fully enjoy what we do have and trust that the harvest will be plentiful.