OK, so it’s January, and it’s cold and there’s snow on the ground. Rhode Islanders just can’t seem to stop complaining about this, as if somehow it’s something that shouldn’t be happening.
Many of my readers know that I spent most of my life in Canada, where you had to get on with your life even if it was wintery. We walked to school, we drove our cars, and we didn’t all escape to Florida. How did we ever survive?
First, we dressed for the weather. If you’re wearing your Nikes on a 10 degree day, your feet are going to be cold. Wear gloves, and a hat if you’re going to be outside for a while. And while you’re at it, ditch the flimsy Patriots hoodie and put on something that’s actually lined and cozy. Don’t you feel better now?
Here’s another tip: your instinct tells you to hunker down indoors, when in fact, you should be doing just the opposite. Get outside for at least half an hour every day. Breathe fresh air and turn your face to the sun. Go for a walk. It works.
I went for a wonderful hike in the woods yesterday. The sky was intensely blue and the snow was dry and light. We were out for about two hours, and we had a terrific time. Learn to skate. Ski. Hike. Walk the dog. Dress appropriately for the activity. Make sure you have windshield washer fluid in your car that’s good to at least -25, or you’ll be sorry. And please stop whining.