The sun is shining and there is a continuous loop of Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer playing through my AirPods. I have a little extra pep in my step and I smile a little bit bigger as I feel the glorious sunlight on my cold skin. 

I am a big fan of the sun. I even have a necklace with a little sun etched on to prove it. Returning to Spokane from a semester in Chile meant returning from days of endless sun to almost no sun at all — and, as excited as I was to be back at GU, I was dreading the indefinite number of cloudy days ahead of me. 

So, when the sun decided to shine a little early, I decided I am all for it. I have this rule where I only listen to John Mayer when it’s sunny out — and, after a solid three days of sunshine, I decided it was time to defrost. Maybe I’ll even put my parka into storage for the warmer days that are yet to come, in exchange for my beloved hammock that I will sit in every day as soon as the temperature rises above 50 degrees. 

I’m choosing to believe the groundhog, which said spring is coming early this year, and I don’t think I am the only one. 

The sun's recent arrival to Spokane has brought campus back to life. People are outside running, playing Spikeball, sharing a meal together, laughing and smiling. Part of me is fearful this is all a ploy by Mother Nature and winter will make a fierce return soon enough. But my optimistic self is donning rose-colored sunglasses and waiting for real spring to arrive. 

Vitamin D is to Gonzaga as springtime is to plants — it brings new, rejuvenated life. The energy it exudes is contagious. DJ DeSmet has returned to playing cheerful tunes to spread the joy around campus. 

There is something special about the sunshine. The winter months feel long, hard and heavy. When the sun came back into our lives, I felt a weight lifted. Campus feels lighter, happier, more full of life. 

The sunshine helps you forget that it’s still 32 degrees outside. It still feels warm and pleasant on your exposed skin. It feels even better when you get inside and feel its heat through the glass windows that so often surround us. 

The sun is defrosting not only my sunny days playlist, but also, my heart and the hearts of those around me. A dose of vitamin D to the skin is like a rush of serotonin to the brain. Every day feels a little bit brighter and full of endless potential for adventure. 

The sun is a good reminder to seek joy every day. In my case, the sun itself is a large source of joy. 

And, as I sit here writing this, just thinking about the sunshine puts a smile on my face. 


Ginger Monroe is a staff writer.

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