Snowstorm Saturn showed up yesterday dumping about 10inches of snow on my town, and if you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I was super excited.
Its not my first snowstorm, but it was the first that I really got to enjoy it in a few years. Since I’ve graduated from college and come back home I’ve felt so much better about re-connecting with the world a bit and the snowstorm was a perfect chance for that.
I remember nearly every year I was growing up the first time it snowed would be while I was in school and my classmates and I would stare out the window and shout about the snow while the slightly harassed teacher tried in vain to recapture our attention. Children love snow, while adults see something cold that they have to go outside and shovel. We should all love snow, its awesome and after yesterday I think I understand why.
Our landscapes and worlds are constantly being transformed, but sometimes this transformation is hard to see because its gradual. Snow (and any form of extreme weather) changes that.
Yesterday morning I could see the grass and the bushes and the trees, and now they have disappeared. It reminds us that we’re not in control of everything and that the unexpected can always happen, which is a good thing. One of the most frustrating things I experience are people who try and control and plan out everything and strive to be perfect, because those people are never happy. A snowstorm or something else shows up, messes up their plans and makes them super unhappy.
Snow is also magical, because it makes us literally see everything around us differently. Your imagination can run wild when the world looks just a little bit different, and your imagination should always be running wild. Kids go out and build new friends out of snow, experience the sensation of sledding quickly down a hill, and create entirely new worlds in snow forts. Its beautiful and wonderful and like everything else only lasts for a short time, but that’s okay, because its the experience and the memories that matter.
Since I’m an adult I did have to go out and shovel three houses last night,
but I also ran around in circles in the snow and jumped in every large pile I could find.