For A Gallant Spirit There Can Never Be Defeat
photos by adelle
often i wonder how i would fare in cold climate. i know i frequently declare love and envy toward parts of the world that experience all four seasons, but sometimes i do wonder if i could actually survive in such places. the brief trips i have had during winter or spring abroad always seemed to be a good gauge as to what life would be like in cold weather: exciting, exhilarating, and significantly lacking in the kind of stress usually associated with our scorching temperatures here. the few days i spent with my family in snowy beijing were some of the most fun i’ve had; i was frozen to my fingertips and my nose felt like it would fall off at any moment, but the simple joy of experiencing snow atop the great wall trumped it all.
i honestly don’t know if i will ever get to experience fall or winter for more than a week, but i certainly hope so. perhaps i will get sick of it eventually, or submit defeat against the cold biting air, reminiscing warm days in tropical manila and wishing i never left.
but knowing myself…that is highly unlikely.