Reflecting On A Few Things: School Is Winter

Feb 5, 2015 by


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As of today, I have been back at school for a month. After an epic year off, I’m back at it.

You’d think I’d have written a lot more about it by now, but the reality is that I’m keeping the details of this transition mostly to myself. As I get older, sharing less is becoming my comfort zone. I have a few theories as to why, and even those, I will keep to myself.

I will just say this. School is winter.

Last week, the chill got to me. It is much more damp here than the dry (though snowy) winters I get in Winnipeg. With the whipping wind, and the bit of moisture in the cold air, I thought my bones would shatter. Tears flew from my eyes in reflex to the onslaught, and at one point I screamed, I cussed, into the howling wind as I plowed through the parking lot to my car after classes. I said the F word next to the daycare on campus. Loudly.

I realized this is exactly what school is like. Hard, unrelenting, you know, a bitch.


But then there are those days when the wind dies down, and the sun pokes through the clouds and the snow is soft and crunchy (and not sheets of ice trying to break my spine), and a walk outside is uplifting, rather than life-risking. As much as school can be a grind, it’s rewarding, satisfying, gratifying, even pleasant and fun.

I’m happy to be back. And soon, just a couple months away, summer…


 Ah, the metaphors.

A quick thank you to everyone who has been sending me the positive vibes from afar. I made this request to a number of you over Christmas, and let me tell you, I’m feeling the love, I really am. Keep the vibes coming as I start midterms next week!

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  1. I am hating this winter crap – and it isn’t so bad here in TO (though the wind is indeed a bitch). I constantly have to remind myself that summer will arrive and that ultimately this season here in Ontario is not as long and drawn out as my hometown (Calgary). I’ve taken to wearing sunglasses, even on overcast days, because the wind makes my eyes tear up and everyone wonders why I’ve been crying.

    Also – I love the blue hair!

    • Colleen

      I keep reminding myself that each day here is one day closer to the early (relatively speaking) days of spring/summer. Can’t wait.
      Also, I kind of want blue hair.

  2. I obviously don’t know your specific reasons, but I do “get” keeping your cards closer to your chest at times. I always love, love your photos! Those last two had me literally laugh out loud! You are an incredibly successful woman both outwardly in life and within yourself, Colleen. Despite the hurdles that may come in getting from point A to point B…you WILL get there and be the shining, beaming star you always are and always will, my friend! Soooo proud of you! 🙂

  3. Courtsie

    It was a long winter without you last year.
    I’m so happy to have you back in the ‘loo! <3

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