The Bright Side of Winter

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” is not a phrase that appeals to me. I love Christmas, but that doesn’t mean I want it to look like Christmas. The snow and gloom that comes with the winter season is something I can live without.

Since I grew up in the desert valley of Arizona and spent two years of my quote/unquote “independent life” on the tropical islands of the Philippines, I have been lucky enough to avoid experiencing too many winters, but in the few winters I have experienced during my college years in Utah, I have come to learn a few life principles:

  1. Seasonal depression is an actual thing.
  2. People become worse versions of themselves during the winter.
  3. Having a good semester of college during the winter is about as likely as Eva Longoria actually eating the Lays chips she so happily advertises.
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There’s no way this woman actually eats chips!!!

But I just have one winter semester left during my undergraduate career, so I’m going to try to make it a good one.

There are some good things about winter… right? I guess my birthday is technically in winter, so the celebration of my birth should be enough to make winter the best time of year. Then again, March (my birthday month) is horrible for a student at BYU (where I’m currently attending college) because you literally get no breaks except for the weekends. So what else is there? Well, there’s Christmas–the best holiday of the year, in my opinion! Then again, winter is also the time of the year when we are forced to endure the worst holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day. And that’s not even an opinion, that’s a fact.

I don’t think I’m the only one who struggles with the winter season. Here are some of the more positive aspects of winter (and the snow/cold in general) that I can think of. I might be grasping at straws in some cases, but give me a break… this is a bleak topic that I’m covering!

Lying Under the Christmas Tree

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(If you have never experienced the relaxation of lying under a lit-up Christmas tree, you should try it! If the ground beneath your tree is too covered with presents to be able to lie under the tree, then get over it–that’s what we call a first-world problem.)

And speaking of Christmas…

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(Christmas lights are always nice to look at, even in the cold)

And if you’re going to venture out in the cold to see the Christmas lights, you should bring some…

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(HOT CHOCOLATE! Especially if you have a friend who happens to make ridiculously delicious hot chocolate out of mystery ingredients, one of which you hope is not some sort of laxative…)

Also keep in mind that, if there was no such thing as the cold, penguins would not be able to exist!

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(And a world without penguins is not a world worth living in. So winter might be evil, but it is a necessary evil. For the penguins.)

Deer (both the normal and the rein-variety) enjoy frolicking in the snow, and capturing photos of them is great fun.

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(Why did the deer cross the road??? That’s right, I went there.)

Dogs also like playing in the snow. And when you catch them in the act, you get gifs like this:

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(Which melts even my frozen heart.)

And speaking of frozen hearts, some of Disney’s best plot-lines have come from the idea of an eternal winter.

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(As much as I love these movies, I am not in any hurry to experience an eternal winter anytime soon.)

And until the winter ends, we might as well get some cool pictures…

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Snow, Snow, and More Snow

DSC00015When I was younger, the idea of snow was exciting.  Growing up in the desert valley of Arizona, we always had to travel to the mountains if we wanted to see snow, and we would spend hours going tubing, making snowmen, and skating around on a frozen lake that would eventually be the scene of the unfortunate and untimely death of my imaginary younger sister Julie (don’t ask).  Then we would come home to the land of no snow.

Those were the good old days.

Now, I live in a place where I only have to walk out my front door to find snow.  And I’ve realized something… I preferred having to travel in order to find snow.  After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.  For me, snow really is like a friend or relative.  Just as I appreciate my loved ones much more when they’re far away, such is the case with snow.

Yet there is nothing  I can do to stop the snow from falling.  And fall it has, especially over the past couple of days.  Heck, there was even something that resembled snow in Phoenix this past week.  Really, it seems like snow is inescapable… unless you live in a place like the Philippines, where snow is a mere figment of the imagination, something that is only read about in books or seen in the movies.  But seeing as how many of us don’t live in the Philippines and in fact live in a place where snow is a reality, we have to learn to live with it, don’t we?

Some people love snow.  More power to them.  I at least have learned to tolerate it.  Actually, it’s not so much the snow that I hate as it is what the snow represents: cold weather.  I used to think I loved cold weather, but that was back when I though 60 degrees was normal during the winter.  I have since then learned the true meaning of cold, and I definitely prefer the heat.

So what do I do to deal with all this snow?  Well, what else can I do but make the best of it?  Yesterday I went jogging as it was snowing and actually ended up loving it.  After a stressful week it really was quite refreshing, and the cold didn’t bother me much since I was jogging.  The snow has also been the subject of a few pictures I have taken with my new camera.  I have to admit, snow does make for some interesting photography.  So I guess snow isn’t so bad after all.

A panoramic shot of the mountains close to my apartment.

A panoramic shot of the mountains close to my apartment.  I actually like snow on the mountains.

Maybe not everyone shares my somewhat violent dislike of snow, but I think we all have our own version of “snow,” or something in our lives that we can’t stand and yet can’t get rid of.  It might come in the form of a problem that you have struggled with for so long that it is weighing down on you.  My advice to you is simple: make the best of it!  Just like I made the best of the snow in these pictures.

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The nearby park, all covered in snow.