I don’t know if you’ve heard, but those of us in New England spent the past few days preparing for an epic blizzard (their words, not mine!). Fortunately, it didn’t quite materialize in my neck of the woods, but it did get me thinking. Ever since I moved to Connecticut, I have dreaded every winter and cursed every single snow storm. But, this year, something different is happening that is making me wonder…am I a winter girl, after all?
Allow me to explain…I grew up in Atlanta, where a few times (if that!) each winter, we get ice, sleet, and what I call ‘crunchy’ snow (aka…frozen snow!). I’d never experienced the powdery stuff until I moved to Connecticut almost 17 years ago (side note…how in the world has it been 17 YEARS!!).
During my first several years here, in the week following a snow storm, I’d always kick the drifts of snow outside of my apartment building. I found it endlessly fascinating that it didn’t break my toe because it was still so soft and powdery!
Needless to say, after this much time in New England, I’m used to the snow and the winters. I don’t really like it (at least, I *think* I don’t!), but I’m used to it.
Let’s examine this a little more closely, shall we?
Butttttt….I’ve started realizing that I may just like the snow and winter a little more than I want to believe!
I LOVE winter clothes..sweaters, boots, scarves, and hats! Oh, the hats (I’m a total hat girl!). I don’t really enjoy being cold, but when you’re bundled up enough so that you’re not cold, there’s something incredibly cozy about being outside when the temperatures have fallen (keep in mind I’m NOT referring to when the temps are in the teens or lower…that’s just unpleasant no matter how you dice it!)
Once I get past the dread and the complaining about an impending snowstorm and it’s started, I’m usually inside with a cup of something warm (I’d like to say that’s hot cocoa, but let’s be real…it’s coffee, even though I have tea in my hands in the photo above!), with a fire in the fireplace, and I’m snuggled under a blanket on the sofa…and you know what…it’s actually really nice! It’s cozy and the forced hibernation is usually a welcome break from being on the go, go, go!
And…have you ever gone for a walk in the freshly fallen snow? I’m talking before cars have gotten out and caused the snow to turn gray and yucky, before there are footprints marring the scenery, and while everyone else is still tucked inside their homes? If not…you haven’t really experienced snowy weather. That is THE most peaceful time. The world is completely quiet and it just looks magical with the snow covering the bushes and the tree limbs! Do this at night and it’s even better!
When it comes down to it…if faced with the option of being in 90+ degree weather or 20s-30s degree weather, I don’t even have to think about that…I’m going with the colder weather. WHATTTT???
Could I possibly be a winter girl??
How could I like winter after *hating* it for so long?! It boggles my mind!
Like I said, though, I don’t like being cold, but I also don’t like being hot. Being cold is an annoyance to me, but I HATE being hot! Sweaty and melty…just not my thing.
And to be fair, let’s not forget the flip-side. I don’t like how gray it is during winter. It’s like the world is black and white (which is why I LOVE wearing color and rarely will you spot me sporting a black coat!). I don’t like how early it gets dark here. I need sunshine! And when it comes to snow…I don’t like how it completely and unexpectedly screws up your schedule (I can’t tell you how many flights I’ve had to rebook because of snow!).
I guess the golden rule here is that regardless of where you are (seasons, in life, etc.), there are always positives and negatives. If you focus on the positives, think how much more fun each day will be?!
So…I don’t think I’ll ever say that I love winter, but after 17 years, Old Man Winter…you’ve gotten your hooks in me!
What about you? Have you ever realized that you actually don’t dislike something as much as you thought you did? Was it hard to let go of the negative and embrace your new found love/like? I’d love to hear your story, so leave me a comment and let me know!
*btw…I took the snowy photos featured in this post in Zermatt, Switzerland in 2013. It was the very end of May (like May 27 or 28) and was GORGEOUS the day before (and not really that cold), but we woke up the next morning to this!! Zermatt is the cutest little ski town in the Swiss Alps (although I don’t ski) and is on my list of top 5 favorite places. You should definitely add it to your bucket list of places to visit!