Why You Should Make The Best of Winter

Emerald Lake | Why You Should Make The Best of Winter | The Jeneralist

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.

— Henry David Thoreau

I’ve noticed so many people across my timeline in low-spirits because of the cold and frigid temperatures that come with the Winter season. Essentially wishing away the present in anticipation of a warmer, more convenient season instead of living fully in the one that you’re in now.

It’s cold, yes, I get it … but hear me out.

Why You Should Make The Best of Winter | The Jeneralist
Why You Should Make The Best of Winter | The Jeneralist
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If you were to calculate the number of Winter days you actually spent complaining about the state of the weather and/or wishing the season away in haste, multiplied by half of your age (# of days wasted x half your age in years); how many wasted days/months/years of your life do you think that would amount to? Hypothetically speaking, let’s say that on average I spend 30 out of 90+ days of Winter sulking and avoiding carrying out any activities whatsoever because of the cold. Multiply that by 15, which is half my age (I turn 30 this year 🥴) and that results to 430 days.

That’s 1.2 years of my precious life wasted – isn’t that insane? And to think that this is just a theoretical formula to calculate Winter days wasted in anticipation of a season change. Heck, what about all of the time we spend in retrospect, wishing we could go back to certain events/situations to change executed outcomes?  

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m still not (and probably never will never be) a fan of the cold, dry and frigid climates that accompany Alberta’s Winters. But it’s the season I am in and it’s part of my current reality – I’m simply choosing to live through it fully … regardless of the what comes with the season.

Besides, how are you going to bask in all of the beauty Winter brings from the comfort of your homes? I hope this post inspires you to shake off the comfort, dress appropriately and go out and enjoy this season!

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