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Ignite the Child Within: Snow Storm Side Effects

February 9, 2013

Snow storm January 2013

Remember When…

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.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2013 2:59 pm

    I’m one of those who loves the snow! Actually, the only people I know who like it more are my dogs… who aren’t technically “people”!
    I even like shovelling it!
    So, although I’m seeing less and less snow each year (“curse you global warming!”), I take advantage when it comes.

    • February 9, 2013 6:23 pm

      Happy to hear you’re a snow lover! You can always count on your dogs to play around in it with you. Shoveling was quite the feat this morning. To say we got a boat load of snow would be an understatement. I’m happy it’s here, only wish to be in the mountains with a snowboard!

      Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.

  2. February 9, 2013 6:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Suddenly Brilliance.

  3. Alex Jones permalink
    February 13, 2013 6:02 pm

    Ha ha, good attitude.

  4. February 15, 2013 11:01 am

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Come to

  5. March 4, 2013 7:38 am

    Oh this is such a great post, and I couldn’t agree more. Snow is a wonderful excuse to release our inner child and just have fun….I love it. We had a midnight snowball fight in the park this year, and we had the whole magical place to ourselves 🙂

    • March 4, 2013 1:09 pm

      You put it elegantly – “snow is a wonderful excuse to release our inner child and just have fun” – awesome!

      It really can be, like snowball fights in the park, and is a reminder that the inner child is in there waiting to come out.Thanks for the words.

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