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The life cycle... Seasons

  • Oct 27, 2010
Now that winter is fast approaching, the faint cool air is reminding me of how cold it could be. I was born around the Equator, hence, winter is really not in my skin, to put it bluntly. I do enjoy the four seasons and can even see the change of seasons philosophically. However, cold air infuses a different kind of mood and mixed feelings in me.

For someone who grew up the first 20 years of her life in hot humid weather, and I do mean hot and humid, Winter is a new concept and perception. My first real winter was in Toronto, Canada. From some 30+ deg. C to some -24 deg C; well, that's a huge turn of event, one could conclude. It's like heaven and hell... the body needed a great deal of adjustment and the mind even more so.

Interestingly, we humans are great at adapting. With time, a lot of changes become easy. Or probably, we have the defense mechanism to cope with it, hence, adapting. Does one like that kind of change? Me? Nope. It's not only hard to deal with an entirely new environment, there are factors which never occurred to me before arriving into Canada. For example, the shortening of the days and hence light. I'm used to waking up in bright sunshine. Lack of light makes me sleepy and lethargic. Hence, with winterly cold weather, energy drops. Less is accomplished.

Even today, while I am living in China, winter is not a time I look forward to. Yes, when winter begins, it's great. It's no longer scotching hot but the cold air somewhat brings a little depression. Hibernation is the body natural reaction to it.  The year is ending and the feeling is like life is slowly "dying" (as with the trees and the chilled air). Over the years, my only way of dealing with winter is to make sure I've bright lights (more so than others) in my home/s and to increase the temperature at home. That way, I am able to get more work accomplished. So much for what I "dislike" about Winter.

Sometime though, I'm crazier than others. There was a time I traveled to Antarctica & then across the globe to the Arctic in the middle of winter. It was some -40 deg (C and F; that's the time when I learned that the temperature C & F converges at -40!) in Coldfoot, Alaska & I was bundled up in the middle of the night alone outside trying to get a glimpse of Northern Lights! How crazy can a person be? To travel alone all the way just to get to 2 poles in a single journey?! Well, there was a time I truly lived (& created history), I guess ;pSo, yes, I've experience Winter in more ways than one. I've also been caught in a snowstorm before. That's another story...

What I truly like about Winter is Christmas in a country which snows. Yes, that's the mood. Christmasty red with pure white snow... Christmas carols ringing in the stores. People rushing home to the homely warmth of family & a fireplace. It's such a nice feeling and vision. And yes, I thank God I've had that kind of life before. And I thank God even more that I've the freedom to relive that kind of life should I wish to.

Autumn is my most favorite season but Winter is the most unforgettable one. So, yes, let us all enjoy Winter again in the coming months! God Bless!
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November 04, 2010
I've never lived anywhere where it snows so I can only imagine how awesome and heart-warming it would feel to see snow during the holidays. In the meantime, I'll just travel to New York during the winter!
October 30, 2010
I love winter! But as soon as February hits I start dreaming of summer! :) I was born in the Ural mountains, so winter is in my blood (it lasts about 7 months there). I've always lived with 4 seasons and don't want that to change!
November 02, 2010
I don't mind winter if I'm adequately dressed and the sun is out! -20 deg C is not my kind of winer though. I understand what you mean, you're probably conditioned to the cold temperature more so than most people :)
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review by . January 09, 2010
The sun is out and the temperatures have plummeted after more than a week of gray skies and continual snow showers. When I was up on Mount Royal early this morning, I met several runners dressed in spiffy new winter running clothes--Christmas presents? or Boxing Day bargains?--chugging their way up the hill. The footing is better than it has been for several days since the surface is frozen. The sun makes you feel like you want to be outside, too.         One of the …
Quick Tip by . December 20, 2010
Winter is on of the two of my least favorite seasons. I wish there would be no winters. Many years ago I spent the entire winter in Hawaii. That is the way winters ought to be like everywhere. I hope global warming happens so we can finally be rid of winters.
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Winter is the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring. The season includes the time of year with the shortest days and longest nights. 
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