A snow day is this magical occasion that seems to be suspended in time. Our world freezes over, and we are presented with an opportunity to pause and surrender to this day of dormancy. Snow days remind me that some things in life are simply bigger than me and out of my control. They are a cue to step away from the cycle of everyday life and onto a merry-go-round of wonder and enchantment.
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The best part about a snow day is falling asleep and waking up in a completely different world. A world that is a little brighter and bolder, yet muffled and stilled. We find ourselves in this world quite unexpectedly most of the time, and there is nothing we can do but surrender to its arrival.
Memories of snow days past make themselves present in mugs of hot chocolate, warm slippers, and snowy walks. New chances to rest, reflect and savor the idea that traveling anywhere is simply out of the question have surfaced in my adulthood. These add an extra layer of meaning to snow days that make me cherish their minutes even more.
When life becomes a little messy and my mind and body are tired, I can always count on the falling snow throughout the winter months to provide me with a blanket of comfort.
A snow day has different meanings to everyone. Here is what surrendering to a snow day mean to me.
My snow day is…
Falling in and out of sleep as I travel through worlds of books that I just cannot find time to pick up any other day (anyone else feel me on this one??).
“Feel-good” movies play one after another on my TV as familiar voices and lines that I have memorized bring me feelings of comfort and nostalgia. Why are these movies so much better on snowy days??
Blankets on blankets on blankets. Their pressure creates a safety and warmth that shields me from stresses and daily obligations. I am unable to move, nor do I want to, as I slip into sleep at a time of the day that would normally be scheduled with minute-by-minute tasks. Snow days give me permission to break out of my daily routine. I can choose to sit still or busy the day with to-do lists of work or play.
The smell of sweet icing on cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate always seem to fill my home on snow days. The oven brings extra warmth each time I open it, allowing the sugary smell to fill every inch of air. I breathe in the perfume of my winter candles. I would usually wait until after dark to light these on any other day, but their dancing flames are way too soothing not to take advantage of on a day like this one.
And then there is the outside world. The scent of snow is invigorating. I feel at a loss for words when trying to compare it to anything else that exists. Walking outside on a snow day and feeling the brisk air hit my face and taking in its pure fragrance always brings a new kind of energy to my soul!
Memories of childhood snow days make their way from my heart into my mind as I stare outside at hills of snow and the dancing snowflakes that always seem to land perfectly on my tongue. A major snowfall always awakens my inner child. It’s as if the fresh blanket of snow is beckoning me to walk on it for the first time and make my mark in this world. The crunch under my boots will always be a thrill no matter how old I am; the sound brings memories of trudging through snow-covered backyards and creating snow forts with my friend who used to live down my childhood street.
The world outside becomes a snow globe. I watch the soft white flakes dance and float through the air to the wind’s song, delicate but resilient as they cover the world with their intricate yet subtle designs. On a snow day it is their time to shine on the sky’s stage, reminding us that like them, we are each unique in our own way and have the ability to dance through our lives with both strength and grace.
Snow days seem to purify the world around me creating a clean, blank slate. While this new white canvas might begin to melt throughout the day, I know that underneath the snow is a world that will be a little greener and a little brighter.
Everyone’s world looks a little different on a snow day. No matter what life might be handing you before the snow begins to fall, surrender to these rare days of renewed possibilities and fresh perspectives. Push away any feelings of guilt or judgement that might creep their way into your warm, safe space. You deserve this day and all of its magic.
Wishing you zest and light,