My reluctant acceptance of winter

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As everyone around me worries about this endless amount of snow that has barreled my area of NJ for the past month (I myself am wary of a promised ice storm tomorrow), I’m honestly indifferent to it all at this point. I am a lifelong snow, winter and cold weather hater who has accepted that come late October comes cold weather, and this East Coast girl might as well just get used to it. I don’t plan on moving to the West Coast anytime soon, nor do I plan on never leaving the house.  Back in college, I used to have to wait a while in the cold to catch the train to get home from work and when it was cold, having to wait twenty minutes at a time sometimes got old really quick. It made me miserable. It also left me more tolerant of the cold. Nowadays, it’s not too cold for me if I can’t stand going ten minutes without putting my hood on. It’s not too cold if I can’t see my breath. Also, I primarily work from home now, so I have no right to complain when I don’t have to deal with the cold (or snow) so often.

It can feel claustrophobic, of course, to be kept inside due to being snowed in so often. It’s not fun to feel like you can’t go anywhere. I just honestly find it so annoying when people complain it’s too cold the second it gets cold; embrace the season and the area you’re in. If you live in an area where it gets cold, don’t act surprised when the temperatures drop. Don’t get made when you have to pull out your winter coat from the bottom of your closet. It could always be worse. Us lucky souls in NJ haven’t had to deal with so much snow in recent years; this season (hopefully) is a fluke. I’ll take a pain in the neck winter once every so many years if it means I never have to deal with a natural disaster. Take the mudslides in Australia, hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and traumatizing earthquakes- it could always be worse. We are, in fact, pretty spoiled. No matter how much it snows, our living and work situations aren’t usually affected. We get off pretty easy.

As I type this, I also remember I have to leave the house early tomorrow, train permitting. I just want to safely get to where I have to go without injury. Of course, it all depends on how the trains are running. I am reluctant to have to walk in the freezing rain to get to the train, but thankfully, my coat has a hood and I don’t have a long walk.  I also rely on the ever-so-reliable PATH trains and don’t have to rely on the problem-plagued  NYC MTA trains too often.  All in all, I should be ok. Hey, at least I don’t work outside, right? It is indeed all good. And when I get home, after my dogs are walked I’m ok. I can hide out from the weather for the rest of the day.

One of my favorite things about cold weather is the excuse to consume large amounts of hot chocolate, which I love. I love that as much as I love tea. I don’t like my sinus infections and post nasal drips I get in the winter, but tea (as well as Snapple) help put the kibbosh on them.  I am also a HUGE fan of Christmas, and I also love, love, love the fact that it’s easier to dress warm in the winter than it is to dress cool in the summer. I love that I can wear boots. I love that my dogs get so excited to see snow. And I love that winter eventually ends. And then I can get back to wearing t-shirts outside, wearing flip flops and avoiding the sun. When all you have to worry about is what to wear when you go out, you really do have it made. I just wish more people knew that.

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