If I’m being completely honest, this winter was a tough one for me. And not just because it was endlessly freezing ( literally 150+ days below zero here ), but mostly because the feeling of being cooped up was overwhelming. Over the past six months or so, I’ve continually blamed the weather, threw up my hands, and stayed put. I got comfortable and simply attributed my lack of motivation to good old mother nature. But you know what? It was my own fault. I was the one who allowed myself to feel cooped up and not live life a little more adventurously. Even in the bitter cold.
After all, one of my favorite days this winter was when Michael and I headed over to Minnehaha Falls, which was frozen and beautiful, for a little hike. The trails down were closed because of pure ice covering the stairs … but we chose to go anyway. I literally slid the whole way down, grasping a small railing. And let’s not even talk about the trek back up. That was intense and scary. But I did it, and Michael and I laughed the entire way, despite our frozen fingers and toes. It was one of the few times this season I didn’t let the cold get me down. Instead, I punched it in the face and enjoyed the day.
So what does this all mean?? Well, with much warmer temps on our horizon and the allure of summer inching it’s way closer, I’ve vowed to change my perspective next time around. Sure, it was fun cozying up by the fire and binge watching True Detective on the coldest of days, but I now realize that I need more laughter. More adventure. Instead of day-dreaming about road trips south or vacations in Europe, I’ve promised myself to actually do it. Travel is addicting. We all feel it, crave it, and live it up every chance we get. So instead of making dumb excuses, I’m hitting the road more. This is the time to do it. I’m still young and don’t have certain priorities that’ll make it more difficult in the future. So why wait? Let’s go.
PS. You can bet Michael is going to read this post and hold me 100% accountable for all that’s been said. And now he’s probably off planning our next trip. ;)