Yep, it’s winter here down under! Don’t get me wrong, I do like winters (I used to live in a “snow country” for 2 years), but studying under this weather is pretty tough. When you are the project manager of your own studies (that is different from attending classes and meeting deadlines when I was doing my master’s), procrastination is more tempting.
Sometimes Most of the time, I struggle to get out of bed in the morning. I drag myself everyday when I go to office. But surprisingly, I’m still productive! I just submitted a whole chapter a few days back and now I’m starting on a new one.
I realized that if I complain more and more about the weather, I accomplish less and less in my reading and writing. So I am now determined to embrace it, to own it–the strategy I used when I was studying in Japan. So, last weekend, I joined the Filipino student association here in my university for a day of winter getaway!
We went to Perisher Ski Resort where the Snowy Mountains are located, the highest mountain range in Australia. Towering the others is Mount Kosciuszko at 7, 310 feet. It was the first week of August and the mountain is not yet thickly covered with snow. Nevertheless, it was an amazing view and an unusual experience being lost in the vastness of the snowy mountains.
On our way, we dropped by at Rhythm Snow Sports to rent our snow gears. We initially wanted to rent snowboards but we were not able to get a group discount because we didn’t book in advance. We just decided to rent toboggans for only $5! They say it’s much cheaper to rent there than at the resort.
After sliding down steep slopes and falling off a couple of times, we thought of walking through the woods away from the crowd. It was a fleeting but beautiful isolation. As if we owned the place and everything that was in it–the white blanket around us, the dried leaves and branches poking out of the snow, the mountains from afar, and the slow-moving clouds above our head.
I really had a great time that day. I always cherish experiences like this when I get the opportunity to leave my worldly worries behind and breathe in the elements of nature–the same elements I can find within me. Then it hit me; I was breathing myself in.
It’s true what Stephen Hawking had said, “the universe [is] in me.”