It’s the second day of August, which means Winter is on its 3rd month but the ‘cold’ is yet to come. A lot of people across the country are asking weather analysts, « when is the winter weather arriving? » -not that they’re looking forward to it but having a warmer than average winter can only mean one thing. One terrible thing.
Some say it’s climate change. Others say it’s more local, with the new high-rises and recent urban developments contributing to the ever-increasing temperatures. I say, it’s both.
I took the above photo as I stood by the bus stop adjacent to the viaduct harbour. Usually, at this time of the year, nobody dares to set foot or take a leisurely stroll along the high bridge due to the icy winds, naked trees, frosted leaves and slippery sidewalks. But for some odd reason, the viaduct was brimming with people and activity today.
Anyway, back to what I said earlier. I did some research about the driving factor(s) behind this ‘warm winter’. To be honest, there’s an awful lot of explanation and jargons behind it. Weather analysts say that it may have been caused by the large highs east of Northland -whatever that means- while scientists believe such no thing and that the reasons are still unknown.
Two contradicting minds, but both are sure of one thing; warmer than average winter means WET SUMMER later in the year.
Today, I had the privilege to help decorate a 6m blackboard at our Employability Lab. With a box of Crayola’s coloured chalks and my long-time PR/Communications friend, Eleah, we were given creative freedom to draw, sketch, and write words of wisdom to encourage students like us to keep reaching their goals. To never give up even in times of despair. To keep moving forward even when life seems to be holding you back. To get out of your comfort zone and take challenges and risks.
It may sound a little clichéd but it’s amazing to see how many people and students were inspired by little sketches on a blackboard. Knowing that people learned something from me makes me feel good. And that’s what I would like to continue now and beyond.
« Keep moving forward » is among the quotes I wrote. Famously mentioned in Walt Disney’s Meet The Robinson, I wrote this because it is the only way to achieve your dreams. And just like in the movie, we keep opening doors in life because we are curious. We are human beings. Some doors lead us to sticky situations, where despair often surfaces and we tend feel like nothing. Some doors lead to us to exciting discoveries. Whatever they may be, they bring us to new paths of life. In order to leave the rough pasts behind, we ought to keep moving forward.