Love the cold.
I’m beginning to embrace the cold. My entire life I’ve dreaded winter; specifically the temperature it brings. Growing up in Central New York meant a lot of back breaking shoveling, traffic/school/work/life delays and coming down with a cold, the flu, and pneumonia...which had me feeling like I was on my death bed one long winter. Needless to say, winter was not my friend. :(⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
At 37 years old, I’ve finally learned to appreciate the winter and it’s weather. My perspective has completely shifted - I now find the snow to be calming and peaceful, and the bitter cold to be a powerful healer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On fresh snow days I sit and stare at this view for hours as I’m filled with joy. I take walks in the snow (even with a broken knee) and stand hip deep in this creek (working on getting the strength to go shoulder deep) letting the frigid water heal my body and still my mind. And to think I’ve been surrounded by this weather my entire life and have never appreciated it. “I’m sorry winter. Please forgive me. I love you”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lessons learned - You can learn all you need to know about the cold from Wim Hof. Never take your surroundings for granted. There is a silver lining in everything...you just have to look for it. God has given us all we need. Stop and smell the snow ;)