Depending on where you are in the world, you might just be experiencing Fall weather… or Summer weather… or even Winter weather!
Here in Edmonton, Canada, Winter has arrived early!
(Apparently old man winter didn’t quite check the calendar and is a little ahead of schedule :P)
But, that’s pretty typical here where I live.
Despite the fact each year I hope and pray that winter doesn’t actually show up till Christmas time.
Here’s the thing, I am NOT a winter person…
Every year, I absolutely dread the arrival of winter (Yes, I know what you’re thinking.. Why haven’t I moved to somewhere warmer yet?!).
Unlike many of my Canadian friends, I’m not big into winter sports or activities. There’s nothing for me to look forward to in winter…
Instead, I’m forced to say goodbye to hot weather, my garden, and days at the beach…
I Can’t Stand The Cold!
I have poor circulation so that sure as heck doesn’t help me out.
My skin dries out. My lips crack. My hair is a big ball of static electricity…
Overall, not a great time…
In the last few years, specifically, once I moved outside the city and onto my old acreage, I’ve started to find the beauty in winter.
Yes, I still dread it when it approaches (I’m a summer baby after all and I LIVE for the summer). But once it arrives, I find myself actually appreciating this season of cold.
Winter is a time to slow down. It reminds me that I am also a part of nature and it’s in my nature to slow down. To rest. To recuperate.
I am such a busy body – I love learning and doing. And all year long I spend my days hustling and bustling.
It’s too easy to forget to rest.
But Winter… It forces me to rest.
It forces us all to slow down and give into the natural season of hibernation.
I’m Finding My Peace With Winter.
And oddly, actually looking forward to life slowing down.
(Trust me, 23 year old Cassandra would have NEVER thought this way before!)
But as I’m growing older, I feel a bit wiser. I feel like my perspective has changed about a lot of things – including the harshness of winter.
Don’t get me wrong, I still dislike the cold, and I won’t be the person who braves the outdoors at -30…
But, I’m not hating it either.
There’s a lot of beautiful parts of winter too…
Yes in slowing down, but also physically too!
The way the snow covers the trees and the glisten and sparkle on the ground after a big snowfall, oh, and the mountains….
The way the snow covers the rocky mountains is to DIE for.
There’s a lot to be grateful for this season.
And I’m grateful that I am finally able to see it.
Hopefully you can find gratitude in winter too.