Beast from the East

The Beast from the East has ‘battered’ Britain. It’s winter, guess what happens in winter. It gets cold and it snows. That doesn’t mean the entire country has to come to a standstill. In fact, with all of the ways we can do our work these days, especially online (where possible), it’s perfectly reasonable to catch up at home should you not be able to get into the office.

There is no reason, unless there is a serious problem, to think that the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse are about to descend on the world. Think about it, do you see people in rural areas up in arms? No, they simply put an extra layer of clothing on, pack a hot drink in a thermos in the car and go about their day as usual. Some go one step further and pack a warm blanket just in case there is a serious incident. Common sense approaches.

What we seem to have now is not a ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ attitude, but a ‘Flap around like a fat kid that’s been offered cake and have a mental breakdown’ attitude. Seriously, there are 4 seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Deal with it!

I’m no fan of the cold, never have been and never will be, but coming from where I do, I simply had to find a way to survive it, and guess what that involved? You guessed it, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Double Jumpers, Thick Coats, Warm Trousers, and if it was really cold in the house, the heating on for an hour or so.

It’s no wonder my generation are mocked as being snowflakes, and it’s embarrassing. You have a degree, but don’t know how to survive in temperatures that are below 10C. Seriously, I dread to think how you’d have coped in the 60’s, where gas central heating wasn’t a thing.

I suggest you all start looking at lifestyle guides from that era and before, because having the NHS having to literally spell everything out to you on ‘how to survive (yes, SURVIVE!) the Winter’ is shambolic. I don’t know who’s more to blame, our generation for lacking the initiative, or our parents generation for failing to teach common sense.

Quite possibly, it’s a little bit of both, but God Almighty, you need to pull your thumb out of your backside, and no, there isn’t an app that will do it for you.

It’s a yearly occurrence, and the average person will see over 70 winters, so you better get used to it. Seasons last only a few months, it’s not like it’s the end of the world, or are you secretly imagining it to be like The Day After Tomorrow?

Some simple tips for you during the cold weather. Wrap up warm, have a thermos with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soup, whatever as long as it’s hot, don’t stay in wet clothes, and wear an extra pair of socks. It’s not rocket science!

Sara O'Connell
A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.