Feb. 286, 2016. Winter is dark. It seriously gets to some people, either with the depression of Seasonal Affective Disorder or the psychotic craziness of cabin fever. For others, it's merely the season that must be endured till spring -- like Kansas on your roadtrip to the Rockies. This has to be especially true in modern, urbanized cultures, where, no matter what the season, people wake up at the same time, jump in their cars, and head off to work. Winter weather is a complication in an otherwise predictable routine.
But I'm trying to live more in harmony with nature. "Resisting" and "enduring" suck energy in the wrong direction. "Escaping" to a warmer climate -- the snowbird solution -- is another form of battle, going on the offensive against the darkness. How does one embrace winter and acknowledge the place of cold and dark in the cycle of life?
In the agricultural communities of yesteryear, winter was a time of tool repair, weaving, quilting, and other inventive indoor activities. The imagination takes over. You have to show up for winter with an agenda, just like you can't happily cross Kansas without actively pumping up your curiousity about prairie grass and cattle feedlots or without well-planned audio programing in your car.
Apparently Norwegians don't complain about winter. According to one Norwegian visitor:
First, Norwegians celebrate the things one can only do in winter. "People couldn’t wait for the ski season to start," says Leibowitz. Getting outside is a known mood booster, and so Norwegians keep going outside, whatever is happening out there. Notes Leibowitz: "There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."
Norwegians also have a word, koselig, that means a sense of coziness. It’s like the best parts of Christmas, without all the stress. People light candles, light fires, drink warm beverages, and sit under fuzzy blankets. There’s a community aspect to it too; it’s not just an excuse to sit on the couch watching Netflix. Leibowitz reports that Tromsø had plenty of festivals and community activities creating the sense that everyone was in it together. [Fast Company]
No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. That says it all for me.
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