I struggle some with winter as some of you know. I feel trapped inside by the cold and snow and spend most of winter wishing that it were not winter. I hate to admit it but sometimes I can feel pretty sorry for myself and basically check out of outdoor life for several months – much to the detriment of my well being, I’m sure.
Take this photo, for example. I was outside on Friday on my way to see a movie. It was 2 degrees outside and windy. At the time I took it, it had just started to steadily drizzle. And you can see my whole attitude on my face:
(I sent this to my Hindi teacher – it says “Rain is falling…”)
When I got out of the movie, a few flakes were starting to fall. As a kid we called it “Spitting snow” – meaning it was barely snowing – a flake here, a flake there. Nothing steady but it was certainly a reminder of the fact that soon it will be full-on winter and I was preemptively sad. This year, though, I really want to change my attitude that and am trying really hard to make it outdoors every day to do something. It doesn’t have to be an epic 3 hour hike or 6 hour bike ride. Just go outside, breathe the fresh air (it’s often cleaner in the winter), feel the freshness on my face and enjoy the beauty.
Today I got a bit of encouragement in the form of a video. This video is of refugee children from Eritrea experiencing their first snowfall – likely within a few short hours of my photo above. If there’s any illustration that one’s attitude about winter is a personal choice and that there’s hope for me to change my attitude yet, it’s this one.
How about you? What are your feelings about winter? Do you even have a snowy/cold winter where you live? If not, are there seasons you particularly love or that you despise? How do you deal with it?