Lately, I have been feeling exasperated by the cold winter weather. I find myself complaining about putting on so many layers, never feeling warm, and having to constantly remove ice and snow from my car.
So yesterday, I decided it was time, that I sit down and make myself come up with a list of things that I love about winter. And this is what I came up with.
- Winter silence: I love the silence of a winter morning. No birds chirping, no people milling around, no leaves on the trees. The only thing you hear is the sound of you own breath and your feet on the ground and even those sounds you try to mute. Just to be able to experience, even for a second, a moment of silence.
- Unexpected warmth: Over Thanksgiving, I was showing a friend around Eau Claire on a particularly cold and windy day. We came across a spot, where sunlight was reflecting off a window and creating a hot spot. It was an odd juxtaposition of cold wind and being enveloped by the warmth of the reflection, but it made me extremely happy.
- Painfully cold temperatures: especially here in Decorah where bone-chilling winds blow off the bluff and penetrate any attempts to bundle up. That cold is rejuvenating. It resets my mind and helps me develop a different perspective.
- Newly fallen snow: this one is pretty cliché, everyone loves newly fallen snow. But I love the excitement of waking up in the morning to a fresh blanket of snow. It is almost like the new snow recreates the world, and recreates new possibilities.
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An update on my life: I will be heading to Washington, DC for the month of January to intern with the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)! I am excited to be out there and to see friends and to have a chance to explore DC.
I am just finishing up my last Fall semester at Luther. The idea that in five months, I will be leaving this place is starting to freak me out. But, I am also starting to come to terms with the fact that I am not meant to be here forever, and for me to continue to grow, I must leave.
I have decided that I will be doing a blog series next semester (maybe starting in January) focusing on the experiences and the people at Luther that have shaped who I am, so keep an eye out for that if you want!