The mornings are getting quite cold! There is often mist all around,
the roads are wet or covered in ice and frozen snow, people wear warm
clothes and walk briskly. This reminds me of the 'old' times, when I
was in the Army, in barracks lost in the middle of nowhere – and
everything was under snow. The weather was cold, but also nice: This
morning (23.11.) on my way to work I watched the falling snow in the
light of the street lamps, it was like a fairy-tale. Everything was
dark except the snow glistening in the light. The road was covered in
ice and snow too and so I had to be careful not to slip on it...
I have already discussed the calamities from which this part of the
Czech Republic is suffering: when all the traffic stops and people have
to stay in their homes and can not go to work. (By the way, it is a
statistically proven fact that about nine months after these
calamities, there are more children born than the average number per
It is very cold outside, and each and every day it gets colder. Every
year this time, I dream about moving to another country, somewhere in
the south and near the sea – Croatia, Greece, Spain, those countries
would do. It would be even better to live in both hemispheres, to have
one house in the EU and another in Australia or New Zealand. To enjoy
perpetual summer. To swim in the sea whenever I liked, to wear only
shorts, a T-shirt, sunglasses, straw hat, sandals and swimsuit. To eat
tropical fruit and fish. To walk slowly and enjoy every single day in
the sunshine. It does sound perfect, doesn't it?
However, maybe this dream is a fallacy. After some time, I would get
bored by all the hot weather. When it is so hot that you can not do
anything else but lie in the shade and wait for evening when the
temperature falls to a tolerable level.
It is no accident that our civilisation, the civilisation that sent man
to the Moon, started in cold places: people had to THINK how to survive
the winter. So they discovered the benefit of rock-oil, of metals, they
built better houses, made better clothes, better guns. This started the
process of progress. In warmer parts of the world, people never
achieved this, their cultures remained in the Stone Age or the era of
So, cold weather is useful, after all... Anyway, all organisms are used
to periods of relaxation after periods of activity. Some animals even
sleep throughout the whole winter! And cold temperatures also bring
about some positive things: I work in the ski industry, and the colder
the winter, the better the business...
So, instead of complaining about the cold weather, I will take
advantage of the pleasures it brings. In the very near future, I am
going to get a pair of skis and enjoy skiing. And I am going to build
snowmen and snow forests (as I do almost every winter anyway. It is so
much fun!). And I'll take trips into the countryside where everything
is covered in snow, everything is white.. Yes, it is beautiful! You
only have to discover the beauty for yourself.
My conclusion therefore is: ENJOY WINTER !