Ask a working parent what they want more of in their life and 9 out of 10 will say more time with their kids. (This is an unscientific poll – meaning I made that statistic up – but hang with me…)
Now check Facebook on a snow day. 1,278 statuses await you that sound something like this:
“OH MY GOD. WHY DID I EVER HAVE KIDS? IF I HAVE TO STAY IN MY HOUSE ONE MORE DAY WITH THESE PIECES OF HUMAN REFUSE I MAY JOIN THE PEACE CORP…”
OK. Maybe those status updates aren’t THAT bad. But you get the point.
If you want to test your ability to be in the moment and enjoy life the best method might be to wait for a snowstorm.
People get nasty with each other in bad weather.
It makes sense. No one likes the unknown, the break from the normal.
We may say we do. But we don’t.
Weather can cause changes in start times, changes in traffic patterns and changes in fashion choices. It’s unsettling – let alone the fact that at any moment the lights could go out or the car could transform into a 2,000-pound hockey puck.
Or maybe you say the snow doesn’t bother you. Maybe you are one of those people who – regardless of where you currently live – claim you used to live somewhere with a Wooly Mammoth as a neighbor.
You know the guy. He works at your office and scoffs every time anyone says “black ice.”
He has stories about walking to school, uphill, both ways, in the snow… but not because he is old. Just because he is better than you.
Regardless of your attitudes towards the white stuff (snow, not cocaine), there are some nice things about it.
It’s pretty. (Yes. The guy with the Wooly Mammoth pal is rolling his eyes right now.)
Sledding is fun.
If you collect enough of it, have artificial vanilla in your cabinets and don’t mind risking exposure to a few thousand diseases, you can turn it into ice cream.
But it’s best attribute? Those tiny little white particles have the power to make us all slow down – even if just for a few minutes.
Snowflakes are tiny pause buttons. We lightly tap the breaks. We cancel plans. We warm up leftovers and watch another episode of Mr. Robot.
So do yourself a favor: Listen to the universe. It is telling you to slow down.