I just returned from an amazing vacation to Nigeria. The first thing that shocked me was the dramatic change in weather that went from 0 – 100 real quick. I came from weather that was 23C in Lagos to –17C in Toronto. The extreme change in temperature inspired the writing of this post.
Winter is typically the coldest season of the year. Characteristics of winter include longer nights and shorter days, an abundance of snow, continuous shovelling and the ever-annoying slush. The five main lessons I learned from winter are the following:
- Functionality over Appearance: During the cold season, winter gear is usually big, hideous and not the most fashionable. However, people dress to keep warm and consider appearance to be secondary in importance. In life, functionality is more essential than appearance. Many people focus on appearance and superficiality while ignoring functionality. For example, individuals tend to spend their money on newer devices that perform the same functions as older devices. This may not be the optimal decision in a world consisting of scarce resources. Appearance plays a role, however, functionality is vital. The best scenario is a combination of appearance and functionality, Apple’s business strategy.
- Hibernation: Many animals tend to hibernate during the winter. Also, many activities are moved indoors during the cold months. This has taught me the importance of taking time off to rejuvenate as human beings. Everyone should take time out of their busy schedules to reflect on their lives and goals.
- Constant: The sun is the one constant feature during the winter. Even on the coldest days, the sun will continue to shine. This has taught me the true meaning of having a source of constant support in life. Life will undoubtedly throw curve balls in your direction; having that constant support system helps deal with life’s surprises.
- Flexibility and Adaptability: The winter season brings different types of weather conditions; snow, rain, slush, sleet, and snowstorms. This reinforces my previous point that life will throw various curve balls your way. Being flexible and adaptable will help you deal with the ever-changing life situations thrown your way.
- Winter Eventually Succumbs to summer: As gloomy and cold as winter becomes, it will eventually turn into a vibrant summer. This taught me the lesson that at the end of any tunnel or life situation, there will undoubtedly be light. No situation, good or bad, lasts forever; embracing this knowledge helps you to understand and handle life challenges in a more healthy and positive way.