Cold magnifies and multiplies this world. The small silences become eerie calms, the sound of steps ring out across the air, frozen hand and fingers grasping and rubbing for the chance of once again being warm. This is my favorite season, not because of the cold for which I despise but because of the listless echo the everything emits. An echo that reverberates and multiplies across the hearts of all those there to experience it. It is the season where everyone hurts a bit more, feels a bit more, tries a bit more, and is a bit more aware of the world around them. It’s that cold sting that never lets us drift into our fantasies. The chill keeps us acutely aware of the present moment, forcing us to face the feelings we have inside.
It’s in these next couple months that the world makes way for change. It’s a time for reflection as we slowly recluse ourselves into our spaces. It’s what we fill these spaces with that make all the difference. Even on the coldest day, a room full of happy people can feel as warm as the hot summer sun. Though the opposite is true, even on a mild day am empty room can freeze you on the spot. It’s these contrasts that I like. The cold and calm paints its picture with deep tones and dark shades to illustrate the heavy feeling that the chill can bring; the warm and welcoming shows up with an abundance of color presenting the vibrancy of life in the depths of this cold.
Now the main reason I like these things is that it allows me to reflect on and enjoy the times I have. It condenses the experiences and feelings like water, making it, so it’s easier to get more out of them seemingly less time. With all the holidays, and the longer nights there is so much to be felt in these next couple months. I just hope that this year will be a more positive one than the last. Ultimately that is up to me, and what I bring to the table. I am open and ready to knock winter out of the park, much more prepared than I was a year ago. So, as December arrives, I will be ushering the new year with open arms with all the new things that the world can bring, and with a reflection on how far this year had taken me. A few short months and we will be away from this echo, this cold and after all the chaos of winter comes spring. With new life, we are able to create the world we want to see inside and out.
So let’s enjoy this cold, this winter as it comes in because it too is essential to the process we call life.