I’ll open bluntly. Winter sports are the best.
Now, that isn’t to denounce other games that require non-arctic conditions for play. But the unique nature of snow football, (a type of football where injury isn’t a prime concern for mothers,) for example, holds a lot of weight with me.
I’ve participated in numerous winter activities since I was but a wee-little lad (I’m not even a shred Irish), and although they do hold certain sentimental value for me as they do for many, the appreciation of these engaging activities calls for a higher level of effort than most treasured pastimes.
Think about it. It’s a cold, dark day, and inches of thick, soft snow have settled outside to create a sea of white as far as the eye can see (how poetic). The temperature is hovering around freezing and, having just woken up, you don’t feel like venturing outside in such a chilling, unfriendly atmosphere.
Right away, the sledding and ice hockeys of the world are at a disadvantage. These games are best played in the thick of January and February, when people would much rather be indoors, enjoying the warmth of some hot chocolate. For the record, I’ve never been a fan.
Don’t get me wrong; when I’m forced to wake up at 6:45 on a Tuesday—similar to the way I did today—and in addition to the weather being freezing, someone has turned the wretched fan on, it’s the worst. I’m not a robot.
But sometimes enduring the idea of a cold trek into the weather can be worth it. The end must justify the means, which simply implies that leaving your house in 20-degree weather to go sledding on your own isn’t necessarily an awesome plan. But humor me and imagine one more scenario.
Basking in the painfully enjoyable ambiance that winter brings, and doing so up close and personal, can be exhilarating. Finding a good sledding hill and bundling up can produce hours of entertainment. I would know.
Aside from the more commonly known snowsational (oh, yes, another top quality pun), there are plenty of improvised games that people can play during times like these. All it takes is a little creativity and desire to let loose.
I’m aware that many of my columns may sound like failed attempts at inspiration. Maybe I should move towards motivational speaking…
Anyways, I’m confident enough in my message, especially here, to emphasize that the glory of winter sports merits undertaking a little extra work.