My how I have changed...
I am not sure if I am growing up or mellowing out, but either way, the change is good.
I used to be such a wimp about cold weather. Well, actually I am still somewhat of a wimp, but since moving to Denmark, I have definitely changed how I see the outdoors; especially those 8 months of the year when the "Danish outdoors" are just a tad bit cold.
I am not sure if it is the nature that I am surrounded by in Herning; but then again, there was nature in Texas. However I would NEVER have taken a walk in the forest (or field or basically any outdoor location) in sub-zero temps and snow (IF we actually had it) when I lived in Texas! Maybe it is because most of the people I was surrounded by were just like me..... NOT TOO KEEN on going outdoors when it is bone-chilling cold outside.
But I just came in from walking Albert this morning; yes, there is still at least a half-foot of snow on the ground and more pouring from the sky as we walked. But as we turned each corner of our walk, I noticed something that used to shock the heck out of me.....THERE WERE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. Some walking to the bakery; others walking their dogs; but most were walking TOWARD downtown to go shopping....... My first winter here it just amazed me every time I saw all the locals out in this kind of weather! Last year in the "BLIZZARD OF 09/10" I assumed the "going outdoors" would slow down tremendously since we were covered in the white stuff for more than 2 solid months.... but nope, they were all still out there. In fact I took this pic this morning of one of my favorite sites in DK on these snowy days....
But today, I noticed that my shock (and some of my winter discomfort) has disappeared! I had my head up, letting the snowflakes hit my eyelashes, and was smiling and saying "GOD MORGEN" to everyone we passed! (And after 2 1/2 years of living in Herning, I am happy to report that they were also looking up, smiling and saying "God morgen" back to me!) I think the cold crisp air ENERGIZES us in a way. It does something to you....... and makes it actually NICE to be out in it.
I began this post with a wondering of whether my attitude today is due to my growing up or my mellowing out.... but I definitely think it's the latter, and that is a pretty great feeling!
Happy Snowy Saturday!