[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.
Just as I’m writing sthg weather-related, this comes across my feed: https://t.co/wB5CFPgMqD
— Gerald Zhang-Schmidt (@zhangschmidt) January 3, 2017
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)