An it's-ok-to-not-love-MN-winter story
By Lauren Johnson
I love MN winter. But love does not always look like excitement or appreciation.
Sometimes love looks like patience.
This January for me, love is skidding out on ice several times and getting up and putting your bike on the bus.
Love is taking a lift or a Lyft when you need it.
Love is making the hard choice to ride when you know it will feel brutal rather than invigorating.
Love is when you do it anyway because you want to reduce carbon emissions or because you want to keep your body strong and healthy or because you set a goal and you're invested in doing a thing.
Sometimes love is choosing to forego your immediate comfort to be pushed further or to work for something greater.
Other times it means staying home to read, reflect, and take care of yourself.
Sometimes I #lovemnwinter means recognizing it (winter) for what it is and doing the best you can with it.
Love looks a lot like resilience.
Ride on, brave friends! Take care of each other and yourselves no matter how you are feeling about the winter.
I'll see you out there!
Read about last year’s collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February, and post about it on this blog. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls.