Ignite the Child Within: Snow Storm Side Effects
When I was a little one we used to get far more snow every year than today, or I was just tiny in relative measure. We did have a lot of snow though, and every storm was as much exciting for the snow as the possibility of school being called off.
We had numerous snow days every year where I lived, enough that our 5-day acceptation was always surpassed and extra days had to be added on in the summer. The end of the year water balloon fight would be postponed, but it was no doubt worth it to ditch a day to play in the snow.
Do you remember the excitement? Turning on the TV to read through the listings to see if your district was closed, calling your friends and playing in the snow all day long then heading inside for hot chocolate and video games. Or something along those lines.
Think about that excitement. That novelty of creative play mixed with mental and physical stimulation.
Consider the Present
Between seasonal patterns and daily fluctuations, the weather is increasingly unpredictable. While we don’t have to worry about when to plant our crops or if and when the rainy season is going to come, whether drought or flood can be expected and if we can eat or even have sanitation like the most vulnerable third world countries do, what they’re experiencing may be coming our way. Something to bear in mind.
Last week I was in the mountains of New England and there were 3 sessions of snowfall, clouds and wind separated by blue skies and sunshine. It’s 50 degrees one week and 20 the next. Outrageous.
But more than the weather has changed. When it does snow, most of us aren’t happy about it. It means more things to deal with, wetness and hindrance.
We lose that feeling of excitement. That swell of energy.
What Makes us Tick
Is it just snow that made us excited? It was snow, but not completely. Of course, it was mixed with not having to go to school. If we actually played in the snow all day or stayed in it was just as enjoyable.
It was the freedom that invigorated us as kids.
When we grow up, we lose that freedom. We’re pushed and shoved into responsibilities that don’t align with our inner being.
The child within is innate human nature.
It’s Always There
Today I woke up to 3 feet of snow outside and had an extra pep in my step when I jumped from the sheets at 7:00AM. Nostalgic memories of snowstorm sensations flooded throughout.
It was natural, yet seemed wrong. It felt almost foreign, as something that shouldn’t be embraced as an adult.
Screw that. Get your snow pants on, call a friend, go play in the snow and have some hot chocolate.
The closer we come with the child inside the closer we come to humanity and the more we sync with life, work and the world at large.