If you’re not a cold-weather person, the Australian winter can feel as though it’s going to last forever – particularly if you live in the south, where it can be dark and pretty grey for much of the year. But it isn’t going to last forever.
In the Arctic, you’ve got this problem where the ice, generally speaking, is moving in the opposite direction you want to go. It’s like a gigantic frozen treadmill, and unfortunately there’s no option to just step off it. You have to keep going, you have to write things down to motivate you, and you have to find these small goals every day to keep moving forward.
You’re heading towards an endless white horizon and a lot of the time, you’ve got to try and convince yourself that you’re even moving forward. At least in Australia, we know that in just a few months, we’ll all be able to hit the beaches again. And I don’t know about you, but I feel a little warmer just thinking about it.
So until then, let’s rug up, spend time with our friends and family, make sure we get plenty of exercise and vitamin D, and be thankful that we don’t have any polar bears to contend with.