Flipping The Seasonal Switch {Subarctic Musings}

The days may be long, but the years are short.

Somehow the seasonal switch got flipped up here in the subarctic. Just last month I was plugging in my little red jeep and trying to not die in the -20 degree weather.

Maligne Lake, Jasper

Literally knee deep in snow on Maligne Lake just a few weeks ago …

  • 45 degrees and 3 weeks later, we officially have spring.

Every single winter, I wonder if I am going to make it … if I am going to live through one more god forsaken tundra of a winter.

Life is full of seasons.

Some are long, hard, cold and seemingly never-ending, but one day it will end. When the summer comes, as it eventually does, you won’t know how to enjoy it if you haven’t practiced living well when it was winter.

Looking back over the last few years, the greatest skill I have developed is how to enjoy today and fully love the people in my life when I have them.

When you live with an open heart and open hands you’re vulnerable to being hurt and you’re able to let an incredible amount of amazing into your life.

You can’t have one without the other.

Life’s path is not wide and straight. It is narrow, twisty, and a constant climb.

Either you find a way to fully be where you are and enjoy it or you will complain about the climb and how narrow and twisty the path you’re currently on and not move forward. Standing still, complaining, and looking for an escape route is a waste of time.

If things need to change, change them.

Elk Island

You’ve got to love the lakes that crop up on the trail during spring up here!

Humans are designed to only move in one direction – forward.

Although we come equipped with a rearview mirror, it is only to assist us in moving forward; reminding of what is behind as we encounter the newest obstacles in life. The rearview mirror brings wisdom. Glance at it from time to time, but don’t drive your life with your eyes glued to it.

  • Sometimes I find myself wanting an easy life, but the truth is what I want is a fulfilling life which only comes from accomplishment, choosing to do hard things, and overcoming the obstacles that plague me day to day and year to year. 

Growing and being able to do more, sustain more, and live a better, fuller life season to season means embracing the dark, twisty, hard climbs; giving yourself fully to what is in front of you.

This week as I have ridden my bike to the office with a dress and heels crammed into a backpack and enjoying the cool spring mornings, I couldn’t be happier to find myself heading into summer once again.

Scott Bikes

This is my happy place …. a girl and her bike.

Being the kind of woman who clips in at 7:10 am and hits the trails before the morning management meeting doesn’t happen overnight. Running all winter, weight training 3-5 times a week, and hiking up mountains on the weekends whenever I can makes this an extremely easy feat, much to the shock of most people in the office.

  • And I couldn’t be happier to have to pedal home after a long, frustrating day.

It is what you do with your cold, dark seasons that matter most.

Happiness is easy to find in the summer seasons, but if you want more out of life, choose to do the things that make you happy when it is cold and dark even if you don’t feel like it. Practice the things that make you happy and do them, even if it takes work to accomplish.

It takes courage and discipline to change what needs to be changed and then open your heart up to love your life and the people who are in it.

  • Do it. Be courageous. It is worth it. Always.

Are you ready for summer? The years are going by fast …!