Winter is here!
I was always a summer person, I love the sun appearance and sensation, love to feel the warmth, the peace that a sunny day brings. I feel good, I feel happy just from seeing the sun!
Winter has started and it seems serious this year! The winter starts officially in Lebanon on December 21st.
I was checking random posts on Instagram and a post for Natgeo has stopped me, a man on January 12, 2016 was sitting beside the sea, smoking a hookah in Raouché district of Beirut, Lebanon. This place is beside the sea, there is a Corniche where people enjoy walking and cycling and so… and they were saying that the weather could not have been more different from this January (2019) with storm causing heavy rains, high winds and freezing temperatures in Beirut and I remembered how Winter 2016 was almost like summer! It was sunny and warm. I know it shouldn’t be and winter and rain are major! But the sunlight has always improved my mood somehow and made me feel good, hopeful and happier.
Winter always made me worried, since I was in school and then high school, university…then work…I was concerned, I don’t want to carry this stupid umbrella, but I have to! I hope today the heavy rains will not flood roads! One shower at home is really enough☺. Hope there will not be too many puddles and the drivers will not be total jerks! Splashing is something the drivers do sometimes deliberately, I don’t know what fun it brings to them but it only brings cold and showery sensations the entire day, I mean I like to fantasize I’m having fun at the Water Park! but it’s not the case, all what you get is sickness and runny nose!
I never been able to enjoy winter…even though I don’t hate it, probably I hate the uncomfortable events that happen because of the lack of regulations, good roads, Infrastructure and sometimes good manners….
Rainy days and nights trigger only specific thoughts: I’m inside, sitting beside the chimney, having a glass of wine, watching the raindrops softly tapping the window, I can see the wind blowing outside, playing with the trees but it can’t touch me! I’m safe from all the mud and water and from chasing my umbrella in the air because the wind is blowing inside it and it became upside down…I’m carrying a satellite now, I look so funny! The wind is pushing me, and the rain is slapping me! Damn what a scene! I remember the time I just dropped the umbrella in the middle of the road and enjoyed the rain…Oh just for 1 day it was somehow romantic because after that I had some deep flu for 2 weeks, it was less romantic of course with the red eyes, the sneezing and coughing…
The only way I enjoy winter is from inside home even though I love the earth’s smell after the rain so much, I love nature, the green, the trees smell…But I never loved cold though…
Today it’s rainy and cold even though my friends and family in Europe and Canada or USA always mention that this is not cold! I mean you should try -15°C or so, 8°C or even 5°C is not cold! But for me it feels like -15°C! I mean with -15 I will freeze literally.
Cold and rain make me want to eat and sleep and be so lazy! I mean I was working today but my productivity was really awful…I’m sitting in front of the computer, dreaming of the moment I will step inside the house and feel the warmth…Even though I’m exercising so I’m not being lazy as I wish to be.
“Winter is here” “Winter is coming” “Winter has come” are only acceptable to me when House Stark says them since I’m a Stark lover in Game Of Thrones series, otherwise it’s a unpleasant announcement, it makes me feel unenthusiastic, listless and down.
24 days have passed, 66 days to go!
What about you? Are you a summer or a winter person? 😊
H.A – January 14th 2019