“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
Winter is upon us. Each day, it is getting darker earlier, and the sun does not come out before seven. The days are shorter and the nights seem endless. The cold and gloomy weather is keeping us indoors, and making it difficult for us to get out of our beds.
But winter is no cause for depression. There is beauty and worth in every season. Summer might remind us of happiness, friends, the beach, waves, parties, and everything to do with the outdoors. But winter can also be a time for friends and happiness.
Imagine yourself with a group of friends in front of a fireplace, having wine or a hot drink, while chatting over fondue. Or maybe you and your significant other are watching movies while sitting under a warm blanket. Maybe you are cuddling with your cat, dog, or bunny, and listening to music. Either way, each of these winter activities brings about warmth and comfort.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell
For me, winter is a happy time. Not because I love hot drinks, wine, cuddling with my cat, or watching endless movies or series (which I really do). It is because winter is a time to reflect. During summer, it is easy to get caught up in your own life, forgetting that not everything can be taken for granted. But during winter, you are constantly reminded that it is cold outside and warm inside. You are forced to be grateful for the warmth. Winter thus becomes a time where I appreciate everything I have, and stop complaining about things that I don’t have.
This winter, every time you feel down, depressed, or irritated, remember to be thankful that you do not live on the street; that you have food, clothes, and friends; and that you are maybe even fortunate enough to be able to study.
This winter, there will be people out there who have far less than what you do – people who would do anything to live in your boring, mediocre house or flat, to eat your ‘tasteless’ food, and wear the clothes that make you look too skinny or too fat.
So count your blessings, put on your rain boots, go outside, and jump in the rain puddles. You will be surprised at how much it can lift your spirits. Oh, and one other thing – don’t forget to smile!