Several years ago I wrote about embracing winter since most of us get to the point in the winter season when we are ready to move on to Spring. One of the best things about living in a four season climate is that when you are ready for something new the seasons change and breathe new life into our status quo.
What should you do if you already are tired of winter when it isn't even close to being over? Winter came early this year and it hasn't stopped pelting us with snow storms, ice and bitter cold, day after day. I drove north to our summer home that is now a permanent home Thanksgiving night in a white-out and there hasn't been much of a break since then. Honestly, I am not sure I remember how to drive when I have full visibility and I am not white knuckling the steering wheel. I do not have a car that is truly winter worthy because our new driver is now driving our jeep to school. This is another story of winter challenges.
I am feeling so winter weary. I can imagine this is the year many people decide to move or retire to warmer climates. Of course we picked this year to move north. The only consolation is that most parts of the country are also experiencing a challenging winter and they are not even prepared for it.
I must admit that the newly fallen snow, even if it is on top of a couple of feet of snow already on the ground, is beautiful. I think we have far surpassed over 200 inches of snow in Leelanau county so far and we all know what the groundhog said about winter being longer.
Today I vow to enjoy the snow and maybe do some cross country skiing. What do you do to embrace winter? I know that I can say without and hesitation that when spring finally does arrive I will be very grateful. Life is all a matter of contrasts after all. We sometimes cannot fully appreciate the sun until is disappears for a while.
I did take a ski trip in the woods this morning and it did not fail to lift my spirits immensely. The sky was blue, the snow was glistening and I was all alone with my thoughts. I could even hear the birds chirping and a woodpecker pecking. Maybe the best way to get through a long winter is to take some time each day to enjoy something about winter. You do not have to brave the elements to do this, it may be curling up with a good book by a blazing fire or lunch or coffee with a friend, these little indulgences all help to make the tough stuff easier to handle.
Share your winter experience with me. Stories of survival, even if it is just a vey long winter, help us all get to the other side. I also think we all deserve ribbons or medals after this winter for surviving this never ending polar vortex.