This is a visual diary of my last winter experience in Greater New York City area, from 2013 to 2014 – a tale of subtle mood swing from low to normal, normal to peak and then slowly settle to an acceptable state and finding a way out to something meaningful from absolute desolation. Of course, this is very personal in nature and it’s my observation being a tropical guy and correlation the whole experience with another viewpoint.
Winter is normally being perceived as misery, depression and darkness in northern latitudes of western world. There are obvious reasons for that and I wholeheartedly agree with this after staying in the New York / Jersey City area for close to four years. Even though the outside environment looks so whitish and bright, coldness and utter discomfort takes the precedence. It’s prominent to me as I have tropical experience of my entire life so far.
Having all said, is that all about winter? All the winter celebrations are by design? For me, I had a mixed reaction in the last winter. When I saw vast lonely clean white land, it gave me a sort of inspiration, and a chance to talk with my inner self; it challenged me to go little further. I took it as sort of hibernation mode to think what I left behind and possibly awaiting ahead. Coldness and all other physical discomforts limit capability, very true, but at the same time when chilly flurries touch skin, it takes to all of a sudden to a different world. White fresh snow on a tree looks like a paradise, as I had imagined in my childhood dreamland stories. These all mean a lot to me. I have found myself a little different in this last winter and from the context I watched the surroundings.
I observed silently and felt the course of time how people manage to get all strength back despite of all mental and physical difficulties to main stream LIFE where there are colors, vibrancy, and moments that can be cherished for a long. I was there, I was a part of it, and followed the transition of mood across to get back to a state things are comfortably settled.