I have to admit something.
I really dislike the cold. Always have, probably always will.
And yet I live in the Arctic.
Don’t worry the irony is not lost on me.
Never in a million years did I think I would end up living in the Arctic, or anywhere cold for that matter. I was the girl that complained about how cold it was when the temperature dropped below 15°C (60°F) and spent my university days dreaming of moving somewhere warm and tropical after graduation. In fact, the few months before I ended up venturing to the Arctic were spent looking into moving to either Austin, Texas or Hawaii with H.
So how in the world did I end up deviating away from my plans of warm sunny places and end up in Iceland?
I blame that Viking of mine.
Somehow he came in and convinced me that life in his homeland wouldn’t be that bad. Sure the winters got a bit chilly, but the snow was so pretty I wouldn’t mind the cold he said. It sounded magical, or maybe that was my attraction to the Viking talking. Either way, whatever he said worked and I said goodbye to my plans of moving somewhere warm and instead opted for the complete opposite, somewhere far colder.
Now, here this sun lover is, in the middle of my third winter in Iceland, and on week 140303 since we have seen the sun, I have found myself thinking, why in the world did I move here?! I mean really what was I thinking, living somewhere with this harsh of conditions is tough. I have to take vitamin D supplements and drink fish oil daily, light therapy is a thing (never heard of that before moving here!) and I don’t know the last time I walked outside and didn’t have to worry about slipping on ice.
So what am I doing in the Arctic again???
As if Iceland heard my thoughts it reminded me why, despite the cold, I adore this chilly place I call home.
Do you see that yellow thing setting in the distance? That is right my friends, the sun came to Iceland this weekend, and just like that it reminded me why I put up with the cold.
Sure that glimpse of sunshine we got over the weekend lasted no more than a few hours, and the temperature didn’t get above freezing, but just seeing the sun was all I needed to shake me out of my “the grass is greener on the other side” funk.
It can be so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if something was different in your life than everything would be so much better. Especially when you are living somewhere that only gets a few hours of daylight for months at a time. Moving somewhere warm sounds like a much better option in the middle of an Icelandic winter to me.
I may wish that Iceland didn’t have as long of winters, but how can I complain?! I get to live in one of the safest countries in the world! A place that values a work/life balance and children are safe to walk to and from their friends houses on their on. And while this cold island may be covered in snow for more months than I would like, the landscapes that I get to see, they still take my breath away.
It may of taken me two and a half winters to adapt and come to terms with the weather, but I have to admit, this sun lover is kinda of fan of the winter, and everything else about this beautiful cold place.
I know the new year tends to be a time that people reflect on their life and where they are at and hope to be in the coming year. I am someone who has always done this and had always thought if only I could accomplish xyz I would be happy with where I was at.
This year, I am so happy to say that even though I live somewhere colder than I ever thought possible I am so happy with where I am at in life. My phone may freeze and turn off when I take it outside, but I have a great job, an amazing family, a wonderful group of friends, and a partner that supports me in all my endeavors, and takes a dozen pictures so I can get the perfect shot.
What I am trying to say is, my bones may be permanently frozen, but cold and all life is great and I am so happy with where I am starting 2016 at.
Oh and I tried geocaching this weekend, which was what I originally was going to tell you all about before I decided to get all serious. I will save that story for another day:)
Question of the Day?
How is your 2016 starting off?
*A big thank you to everyone who took my survey! I so appreciate you all taking the time to give me feedback!