This weekend, I had plans for an all-girl getaway with some cousins and friends. It was my cousin’s birthday weekend or else we might have tried to push the date back to some obscure, non-snowy time in the future. But the date was set, the plans made and the concert tickets purchased so we set off to keep our reservations. The four reasons this was the right thing to do:
Reason #1: Traffic isn’t always as bad as it first seems
It snowed on the drive there, so our 2 hour trip lasted four harrowing hours, which made us a full hour late for the concert. But it turned out everyone was late for the concert, including the entertainers themselves, so we were actually right on time.
Kudos to my cousin who kept the car safely on the road, driving down later-mentioned unplowed streets, kudos to another cousin who helped to navigate a roundabout detour to avoid accidents up ahead, kudos to everyone who helped make the even-longer car-ride feel like just a few minutes.
Reason #2: It’s really not that cold outside
This weekend, I experienced some of the coldest weather I could imagine, saw some of the highest snow mounds I can remember seeing in real life, and saw cars drive down unplowed streets like it was a normal sunny day.
Thankfully, we had a shuttle that took us from place to place and we spent most of our time indoors at one location or another. And even though we said things like “It’s so cold” repeatedly, and always in response to or followed by a similar statement from someone else, things went on as normal.
There were people dressed for a foray into Antarctica, others wearing skimpier outfits than if they were lounging by the beach in the middle of summer and all variations in between. Yet we were all aware of the same weather forecast and had made our choices accordingly. Because, it’s not really that cold.
Reason #3: The weather becomes an ice-breaker
Which segues to my next point. The reason people start small-talk with comments about the weather is that people actually like sharing observations about obvious things. So it’s snowing now, there are snow mounds that are taller than we are, the iPhone App says it’s 0 degrees and falling. Yes, it’s cold. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it, yet, you are guaranteed to get a response if you state it.
Reason #4: You’ll regret it if you skip it
We had an awesome time. Our resident hostess planned every detail, all the ladies were friendly and became new friends, we had enough snafus and random encounters and weird occurrences to make the weekend truly memorable. And if I had stayed at home and just seen the pictures and heard the stories surrounding them, I would have wished I’d gone. FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is a real thing, especially when you realized you’ve already missed out and you can’t go back.
The only way to prevent FOMO is to actually do the things you know you’d regret not having done if you didn’t.
Safety should always be your first consideration, so of course in the event of an actual storm or blizzard, when the mayor says stay off the roads, as was the case a few weeks ago, then by all means hunker down with Netflix and some reading.
But if you can, keep those plans. Hibernating through the winter really isn’t an option so let’s make the most of it.
Read my thoughts about running through the rain and loving it here.