Sunday, February 16, 2014
Snow Rage - My Winter Rant
Think we've had enough snow this winter?
I was just reading an article about "snow rage". Someone is claiming it's a form of PTSD that is beginning to affect some people in areas that have been hit with non-stop snow storms this winter. There have been reports of men threatening snow plow drivers when the plow pushes snow onto their property.
Along with snow rage comes cabin fever. You can spend only so much time inside before you feel like screaming and running out barefoot in zero degree weather.
I was wondering if I have had a mild case of snow rage. I haven't threatened anyone or thrown any objects at the windows. I think it's more a case of mild depression combined with cabin fever. When I look outside day after day and there is no color other than black and white, I just want to go back to bed and hide. After that doesn't help, I get up and pace around the house like a caged animal.
Of course, the answer is to go ahead and get out of the house. It requires a certain amount of determination to put on layers of clothes and cover every inch of skin with winter gear, but it seems to be worth it. The times that I have been the happiest this winter are the times when I've managed to brave the elements and get out there. Thank goodness we have kept our 1998 Blazer with 120,000 miles on it. We put in 4-wheel drive and go… out to lunch, out to a movie, or out to the mall. I usually see things I want to photograph (like our neighbors igloos) and I think I will go back home to get my camera and go back out. Why don't I just take my camera in the first place? Probably because I think there is nothing out there worth seeing. I keep thinking about Hawaii, how green and lush it is. I want to move there but my husband won't think of it. One night I was so desperate to go there that I packed my suitcase with flip flops, swim suits and shorts. I was going to drive to the airport and just buy a ticket. Of course, I didn't do it, though.
I did feel rage at first, when I saw other peoples' Facebook posts showing them in warm, sunny, beachy places. But then I remembered… those are my friends. I should be happy for them. I did calm down. I have learned my lesson though. From now on, every winter I am going to have an escape plan, to get away to some tropical paradise. My sanity is at stake.