#GetAtHome Challenge 01: “Bad” Weather? Get Out Anyway.

[This year, I want to do some things a little different.

One of those different things: Monthly challenges around different topics I find relevant to the overall challenge that it is to “Get At-Home”.

I’m more Digital GenX than Millennial, but in the stereotype of Millennial fashion, everyone (who participates) is a winner :-p

(Note to companies: If you want to sponsor a challenge, though, you’re welcome to get in touch…) ]


It’s the hardly-recognized reason for good feelings and the obvious reason for many a complaint.

In the typical fashion of how we are not really “at home in” this our world, we always live in weather, but don’t usually notice it.

Only when there is something unusual do we celebrate, complain or get concerned.
Otherwise, we just dress somewhat appropriately (if we do that), and go about our ways.

It’s an even more interesting topic now that we live in a time when we have influence, if not (supposedly) outright dominion, over many things, perhaps the whole workings of the world.

Even in this anthropocene where we collectively “weird” the weather and change the climate, though, we hardly even control our own reactions to it.

(And, mediated as our interaction with so many things has become, we are rather more likely to “know” the weather from an app than by simply – and quite possibly, more appropriately – looking outside.)

“Bad” weather is a particularly good example.

We think we’re in control, but truly dangerous conditions easily put us back in our place.

And then again, we could be “in control,” as much as we can be about such things, in our lives: We’d only need to dress (and perhaps, behave) appropriately.

But we don’t.

Rather, we tell ourselves, and let ourselves be told, that the weather is bad, we can’t go for a stroll or run, walk or bike to the supermarket, go on a hike.

Now, I don’t want you to get hurt.

So, if it’s terribly cold, let alone also wet and windy, maybe it is a good time to not “get out anyway.”
Stay in and cook some soup; get to work and back and be happy you don’t have to go out for anything else.

If you have the right clothing and the weather conditions aren’t outright dangerous, only what we so like to label “bad,” however, do Get Out Anyway.

Recognize that the very act of classifying weather as “good” or “bad” is an act of learning helplessness, a practice by which you hand your power off to things beyond your control.

It’s comfortable to let oneself off the hook, blame everything on external circumstances. Often enough, we do face difficult conditions.

That is only more reason to move the locus of our control back into ourselves whenever and wherever we can, to take back the power.

So, your challenge for this first month of the year:

“Bad” Weather? Get Out Anyway, no matter the weather.

And if you should happen to be near Austria, there’s the 24 Hour Burgenland, 120 km (or less, or more on bike, this year) tour around the Neusiedler See lake, end of January.

Just because, as we say for that, you should “Live. Love. Move.” (… and I just saw that the limit of participants has already been reached)


  1. Mario

    Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, nur schlechte Kleidung. Das stimmt in den meisten Fällen in unseren Breitengraden.

    Leider macht das Faultier in einem, diesem Spruch öfters unbrauchbar, wenn man zulange im Büro gesessen hat und seine Nase kurz aus dem Fenster hängt.

    Pfui, kalt und nass. Da muss ich nicht hinaus…


    Gruß Mario

  2. Carsten Jost

    Hi Gerald,

    I´ll answer in english as you wrote your article in english too.

    Bad Weather :-)

    It can turn something ordinary like your training run in to something extra-ordinary without changing much.

    Your training loop you always run is just gonna be the same but coming back to your house with the rain dropping of the brim of your rain jacket hood will make all the difference.

    You persevered! You were tougher than this! No one could stop you!

    And there is a lot to be learned from running in bad weather. Wet feet are not that bad e.g. as long as your feet stay dry which they will as long as you keep running.

    The connection to nature is a deeper one as well because we feel that nature is right there (even though it´s the bad weather part of nature).

    Don´t get me wrong if I could choose I would always choose 25 degrees celsius and blue skies over a run in the rain. But sometimes…that bad weather thing turns a normal trip into an adventure.

    Real adventures always have some suffering or bad weather built in :-)

    Club Med is just not an adventure. Eating cold ramen sitting in a leaking tent during a thunderstorm is an adventure :-)

    So…Get out anyway!

  3. Hagen

    This is exactly the right challange for a lot of moments in our life, not exclusively to brave the weather. Some of the uncomfortable situation we provoke, are the chance to grow, to learn and sometimes to be part of an adventure.

    It would be good to step out of our comfort zone more often.
    I like this, but it is always the same hard process.

    Thank you for reminding me to do it again.

  4. Andreas



    I`m lying sick in my bed for days and I`m just thinking about how to complete my next runs to remain in the plan. So the weather does not matter at all.

  5. Dennis

    Until my early twenties heavy waether was a challange for me. I was able to enjoy the feeling of beeing protected against rain, snow and cold winds.

    But nowadays I just enjoy to sit out the cold weather in a warm room, listenig to fire and drinking a hot chocolate.

    I will take this challenge this month and will see what happens!

    Thanks for challenging me ;-)

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