There's no doubt that British Columbia is experiencing some cold temperatures right now. Today is -17C with the wind chill factor figured in. And that's in Vancouver.
Somehow the snow and cold brings people closer together. We share a kind of bond, a "how-are-you-coping" mechanism that is actually kind of fun. I just got off the phone with a fellow in a help center. We had a conversation on how to park your car blocks away from where you live because the roads are too bad to get yourself home right now. In "normal" times this kind of conversation would probably never happen.
I overhear discussions in the local coffee shops about keeping your car running, on the warmest hats to wear (and who cares about fashion in this weather?) , on "how can I help you to get there?", and other tips and tricks to make it through this cold snap. A wonderful Christmas feeling that makes me proud to be living in British Columbia, and with people who show they really care about each other. Adversity is just something you share, laugh at, and pull together to overcome.
Mother Nature is very clever. She brings us such incredible beauty, with a catch. You now need to either help other people, or you yourself need help. It takes us out of ourselves and the day to day issues and stresses we all face. It makes life bigger than our own little worlds.
Now I need to go find an ice scraper. Life is such an adventure.