Krogel: Lack of snow cuts down on winter leisure activities

For many people, the current cold weather makes this the best time of year.

While the snow in town makes for slushy roads, cold hands and countless late slips in the mornings for school, the snow at Big White provides an exciting escape.

If, however, you’re like me and can count on one hand how many times you’ve ever been up to the ski hill, winter may require a little more creativity when it comes to entertainment.

Normally, I try to engage in snowball fights or igloo building competitions. But this year, it hasn’t been social standards connected to my age that have prevented me from doing so— it’s been the lack of snow.

And while I often enjoy going for walks with my friends and family, the recent ridiculous temperatures made doing so out of the question. Even with things warming up slightly, I still can’t longboard or go to the beach. It feels like Old Man Winter is locking me inside my house, only letting me out to shovel the driveway (a responsibility I do my best to pass on to other members of the family).

So the question arises: When you’re almost forced to spend all your free time inside, how do you avoid boredom?

The answer may lie in what you’re interested in.

I am sometimes guilty of being primarily interested in myself.

While inner reflection is a healthy thing with many positive aspects, self-absorption brings different outcomes.

When all my attention is focused internally, it leads to a disinterest in the world. And the reality is that the world is much more interesting than I am!

A preoccupation with myself will inevitably end in boredom, but there will always be things to feed an appetite and excitement for the world.

The other night I trudged my way through the snow on a quest to retrieve the latest edition of MacLean’s from the mailbox. Instead of sitting on the couch, thinking about the beach and my personal feelings towards it, my interest in politics provided a source of entertainment.

Politics may not be your thing, but as long as you are not your thing, your interests can be connected to some activity.

If you love music, learn a new song, write your own material, or check out some of the shows going on every week in Kelowna at the Streaming Café.

Perhaps you’re extremely passionate about taming wild animals, and your interests don’t translate quite as easily into feasible activities.

But there is always one thing you can do: Read a book (if that sounds lame, make it an e-book).

Reading in and of itself may seem boring, but it is more of a means of feeding your interests than scanning through a series of letters and periods.

No matter how quirky your interests are, it’s likely that someone has written a book on them.

So when the snow and cold are keeping you inside, you can find solace and entertainment in the fact that every interest you have can provide you with something to do.

Amber Krogel is a Grade 12 student at Kelowna Christian School.





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