By Marcella S. Meeks
Winters in the south aren’t quite as bad as in other places, I’m sure. At least not here on the Louisiana/Texas line. But there are those dark and cold days at certain times of the year regardless. I don’t like winter and I certainly wouldn’t consider it a favorite or anything close. I could live in a tropical place and never miss the cold one bit.
Being cold isn’t something I enjoy – not for five minutes, an hour, a day or even a season. I could skip winter altogether. I tolerate it because I cannot afford to move some place where it never gets cold. Wintertime to me is a cold and gloomy time of year, and it puts me in gloomy moods almost the entire time.
My bones ache when the weather changes. My moods change and my internal organs get all out of kilter. Don’t ask me to explain!
If I could go anywhere in the world and live, it wouldn’t be in a place where winter comes, that’s for sure.
I’ve heard people talk about winter time like it were a holiday. Well, this is one holiday I’m all too ready to skip out on.
I love spring and summer, and fall too as long as it stays in the seventies. But that’s just me. I don’t like cold weather. I don’t like bundling up and layering in excessive amounts of clothing. I don’t like being cold in any form or fashion. My body just doesn’t tolerate winter that well. Not only that, I get depressed and stay depressed for days on end during the colder months. The minute it warms up, my depression lifts and all is well in my world. But that’s just me.
I’m not saying winter isn’t beautiful because it is. Freshly fallen snow is a beautiful sight but the messy slush it leaves behind is ugly and honestly, detesting. And ice is not something I want to see coming.
Winter has its moments and yes, snuggling up in front of a fire with a special someone is romantic, but it’s only a temporary thing. Getting outside and doing things in the yard, taking walks, having cookouts, weeding the flower bed, playing with the grand babies outside – all these things is important especially if you’re doing it with someone you care about. But winter time makes it hard for me because I can’t stand the cold!
Everyone has different ideals and thoughts. Some like winter, some don’t. I’m just one that doesn’t – simple as that.
The winter months just seem to take forever to get through and I imagine it’s all in my mind. Moping around, not being able to get out of the house for days at a time sure takes its toll on me sometimes. I tolerate it whether I like it or not. Tolerating it and liking it is two totally different things!
I love to read and find that curling up with a good book sure helps sometimes. Watching TV gets old after awhile. I am a writer and spend a lot of time writing so that helps but I don’t produce any more or any less in the winter months. Being cooped up inside makes it hard to concentrate on writing as a whole – but I get around it and manage to write regardless.
I have never spent winters any place else but here in the south so I can’t speak for other places, but on long, dark and cold days, I have to have something to occupy me until I can get out in the sun and warmer weather occasionally. If you’ve never lived in climates where it gets extremely cold for any period of time, prepare yourself. Do some research and find things that you can do from inside – if you have work, hobbies or something to help you get through these months, then you’ll be okay. Even with that, it’s hard sometimes.
All my adult life, I have suffered from depression and winter time makes it worse for me. Sometimes, work (writing), and hobbies or things like this will help but I have to stay busy. If I start getting gloomy and depressed I sometimes will visit a friend, take in a movie or just curl up with a good book at least once a week. Volunteering for a few community services always brightens my day. Visiting the local library is one of my favorite pastimes or visiting local thrift stores in the area when I have extra money to spend. It helps on the long, cold and gloomy days. But then afterwards, there’s the cold to contend with.
Everyone doesn’t feel the same about winter as I do. I envy those people who can get out there in that cold and do things that make them happy. I’m just not one of them! But if you’re like me, do whatever it takes to help you get through the colder months. Just remember, it’s only for a season unless you live in one of those countries it’s cold year round. That’s not for me, that’s for sure.
This winter, bundle up, stay warm and find something fun to do! Don’t let the gloom and doom of the cold weather get you down! Try and make the best of it regardless. When warmer weather finally gets here, you can look back and see things differently and be ready for the next cold season. Sometimes, being prepared ahead of time makes all the world of difference.
The dark and cold of winter can make it a hated season for many. If winter is something you tolerate instead of celebrate, what makes it pass easier for you? What helps spring come a little more quickly? If you were giving advice to someone enduring their first winter in your climate, what insights would you offer them?