Dear Hannah:

How Can I Conquer the Misery of Winter?

That’s a good question…

Let me start by reminding you that winter plays an essential role in the rhythm of nature, and it has been doing its thing since way before we existed, so I don’t think us humans are really in the position to hate on it.

Besides, without winter, how would any of us be able to appreciate summer?

It’s important that you understand all that so-called “misery” is nothing more than a thought in your mind; and, believe it or not, you have power over it.

It’s easy to entertain thoughts like,

“It’s fucking cold.”

or

“Why do I live where the air hurts my face?”

Everyone says stuff like that.

All. The. Time.

Don’t be like everyone else; unless you want to be like everyone else.

But if you really want to not only survive the illusion of winter, but also enjoy your winter experience, you’ll do what I do.

I live in Michigan. Winter and I are homies. We go way back. Trust me when I say I FEEL YOU.

The answer to your question is, and will always be,

YOU HAVE TO CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY.

WARNING: SIDE EFFECTS OF CONQUERING WINTER INCLUDE BEING EXTREMELY HAPPY.

Will people think you’ve gone a little insane? Maybe.

Some people will probably mistake your happiness for drug use or mental illness, that’s okay, take it as a compliment.

If you’re wondering if there’s any legitimacy to this eternal optimism hippie crap, you can see it for yourself.

As you look out your window at the image of winter I challenge you to feel good about what you’re seeing.

I challenge you to name 20 beautiful traits about whatever it is you’re looking at.

Spoiler Alert: This is the ancient secret code to conquering the Winter levels in the game of life. You must see the beauty in EVERYTHING.

When you are thinking cold thoughts try shifting your attention to:

how beautiful the trees look,
how much brighter the world appears to be,
how the snow makes for the best lighting for photographs,
the way the cold weather keeps you inside so you can spend time with the people who mean the most to you,

and then try laughing at yourself for thinking you have any right to complain about nature.

When you create your own planet, then you can make the rules. Until then, appreciate this place, it’s actually pretty cool.

If you don’t like it where you are, move. If you can’t move, find a way to fall in love with where you are.

Those are your options.

If you take nothing else from this, remember these two truths:

1. You’re not cold. It’s cold. You are the perfect temperature.

2. There is nothing wrong with winter. It is absolutely beautiful.

I’m going to wrap things up by sharing a beautiful poem about winter. My mom sent me this poem a few winters back, when I was at my lowest point and I didn’t think I could make it through. I hope you enjoy it!


A Winter Poem

Shit! It’s Cold!
The End

I hope this helps.

Sending infinite warmth your way!

Eternally,

Hannah

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