It’s Week 18 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 18: The Weather
When I was a kid, I always imagined myself moving to the coast when I grew up. At one point it was Myrtle Beach, South Carolina but over time it’s morphed into somewhere in Florida. I never cared much for cold weather, and was hardly the type of person to be out in the snow. I knew I wanted to live somewhere that was warm almost all year, and even now I’m still working towards that goal.
If you don’t live in North Carolina, then it is extremely hard to describe the weather. It’s been so cold there was snow on Sunday and we were wearing shorts by Friday in February. It can be as hot as 90 degrees some summers, then drop like a rock down to 50 degrees before the next morning. Despite the swinging changes in weather, it’s one of the things I love most about my hometown.
I’m grateful to live in a place where you truly do experience all four seasons. The winters aren’t below freezing by any means, however almost every year we get at least one good snowfall. Our springs are fairly mild all things considered with the nice spring breeze and flowers abloom. The summertime brings warm weather, and sometimes a heat wave so fierce you won’t want to go outside. Fall still has that crisp air with the smell of pumpkins and changing leaves.
While I am still so excited to eventually move further south to escape the colder climates, I am going to miss the seasons here. One of my favorite parts of living in North Carolina has been that each season is never too harsh. It’s never so hot that you can’t stand it, too cold that you can’t get to your car, or too rainy for longer than about a week. I have friends from all over, and very few of them seem to experience these types of climates.
Weather is a strange thing to be grateful for. Whenever there is a great thunderstorm outside or a warm but rainy day, I always get a little bit excited. I’m sure most of you have never thought to be grateful for the weather, so why not open the windows today? Take a deep breath, and breathe in the fresh outside air.