It snowed today in Houston and at first I didn’t believe it! The flurries started last night while I was tucked away warmly in my bed. I saw people posting on Facebook that it was snowing, and I thought that surely they were mistaken. But, this morning, it snowing when I took the dog out for a walk and I saw it for myself.
If you aren’t from Houston, it might not seem like a big deal, but we rarely get snow this far down south in Texas. I can count the number of times that it’s snowed in Houston on one hand and I’ve lived here for just about my entire life!
The weather in Houston is so up and down. It was over 70 degrees just this past weekend and I was walking around without a jacket and sweating my hair out. It’s supposed to stay cold for a few days, but with Houston weather, who knows? We have to make the most of this winter weather while it lasts.
After I got dressed to go to work and walked back outside to warm up my car and scrape the ice and snow off of it, I immediately got flashbacks to my time living in Washington, D.C. back in 2008 and 2009. It snowed frequently and clearing snow from the driveway and my car was a regular part of my daily routine.
It’s so funny when I look back to that time. I abhorred the cold and and snow and it actually made me feel really down. I spent a lot of time indoors, and I didn’t have much a social life anyway, since I was in law school. When I didn’t have a car, I walked a mile each way down the icy sidewalks to the train station to get to school, or I rode with my roommate. Once I got my car, I had to clear the snow off of it, and make my way through the icy streets of D.C.
Even though I didn’t like the cold and snowy conditions, I was really focused. I had to make it through my 1L year of law school, even though I was lonely, anxious, and way outside of my comfort zone living in a new city. All I wanted to do at that time was stay in my warm (futon) bed with my heater blasting, but each day without fail, I got up and made my way to school through the rain, sleet, and snow.
Seeing the flurries this morning brought back a rush of memories about how focused I was during that time, and how I managed to keep going. It wasn’t a perfect school year, and I didn’t accomplish everything that I wanted to. I didn’t meet my goals for my grades, and I didn’t secure most of the internships that I applied for. But, I kept pushing on and eventually I was granted a paid fellowship and I passed all of my classes. In Spring, the weather warmed up and the cherry blossoms that made me fall in love with D.C. were out in full bloom again.
Just as the weather passed then, the snow here will soon pass. And just as those trying times in D.C. made way for a new season in my life, so too, will the trials you are enduring. Much like the snow, although it may be cold and uncomfortable, there is beauty even in the midst of the chaos.
I still don’t like the cold and I still don’t care much for the snow, but I’ve learned to enjoy the beauty of the glistening white flurries and these rare moments that will be gone so fast. Life is so much more enjoyable when we learn to be thankful for the present and live in the moment.