As I type this, it is 9 degrees outside with a windchill of -10, and it is snowing like crazy. So many people around me just absolutely hate winter, but next to fall, I think its a very close second favorite.
People around here say I like it because its only my second winter, and that I will get sick of it. I don’t think that’s it at all, though. Winter is refreshing to me. Each season is so distinct and has its own special qualities that make me love it, and winter is no different. Walking outside when its this cold gives me a shot of energy like almost nothing else. I feel alert, awake, and ready to go. Walking on fresh crunchy snow is satisfying in a way that’s hard to explain, but I think probably has something reminiscent of childhood and all the snowmen I never got to build.
Speaking of, that is another thing about winter I just can’t get enough of. Last year it snowed so much that I was able to just fall backwards and land in a huge pile of snow without touching the ground. I made my first snowman last year, and my first snow angel. Sometimes I wonder if the people who hate snow have forgotten about how beautiful it looks when big, fluffy flakes are falling, or how fun it is to just bundle up and go play outside in it.
What I do know is that people here love to complain about the snow, but do nothing about it. For instance, the first thing I did last year after our first snow was to buy myself a good set of winter tires. People tell me over and over again how you don’t need them here, but then complain all the time about how scary driving in the snow is and how they just hate it. Honestly, I haven’t had any problems with my winter tires on and have been able to drive just fine. The other thing I have noticed is that people complain about having to shovel their driveways, but refuse to buy a snowblower. Our snowblower is probably the best winter-related $150 we have ever spent. Something that could take us probably an hour at least is done in 5 or 10 minutes, and done better by the snowblower than we ever could by hand. Its actually really fun to operate, too!
I guess the point of all of this is to try and find the childlike joy in situations you might not otherwise be excited about. See winter and snow through the eyes of a child, and go out and play!