Seriously, winter is cold. We get rain, snow and sleet. It’s called Weather!

The media is whipping up a frenzy with sensational headlines about this winter, like we’re never going to survive.

The 4 horsemen of the apocalypse are not going to come raining down us. Noah isn’t going to need to build a new ark, and Lucipher ain’t going to be making a guest appearance.

It’s simply going to be a bit cold for a few months and it’s advisable to wear a jumper.

It’s going to rain a bit more, a few streams and minor rivers will burst their banks, possibly a few homes will be flooded. We’ll see a rise in Flu, and people will slip and break limbs.

Basically, it will be the same as any other winter, except this year UKIP won’t be blaming gay marriage (seriously, they did), the Church won’t be calling on us all to repent with gay abandon, the Jews won’t be in solid prayer for 4 hours, and the Muslims will go about celebrating Eid as normal.

Basically, it will be a very normal British Winter.

Some will perish, but that’s one of the problems with life. We are born, and we die. Some earlier than others, but it’s a fact of life. We seem to have a proclivity for it. The tabloids will warn us about ‘Thunder Snow’ whatever that is, Flash Floods, Impeding Doom and my personal favourite from last year, Thunder Ice. Seriously, I’m a northern boy, and there are people further up north. These weather conditions simply call for a warmer coat and gloves!

The media makes it sound like no one dies on a balmy summer’s eve, when in actual fact, they do.

Now, winter is upon us, and there are some precautions to take, such as wrapping up warm, carrying de-icer for your car and upping your intake of vital vitamins like Vitamin C and Zinc. But seriously, there is no need to work yourself up in to a frenzy. It’s business as usual. Just take care of yourself and Mother Nature will look after the rest.

Honestly, I didn’t start this out as a PSA, and I didn’t intend for it to be, but it’s time someone in the media did the responsible thing and stopped writing sensationalist headlines making it sound like we’re about to go the same way as the dinosaurs.

Literally, man up. It’s a bit of rain and cold weather. No one likes to be cold, but there are 2 solutions. 1) put a jumper on. 2) put the heating on.

It’s not THAT difficult to comprehend, if you are cold, add a layer, it you are too hot, take a layer off. Or is it that in this generation of snowflakes, we can’t bestow common sense advice without offending the little darlings.

I’d hate to see them living in the 1900’s, they wouldn’t even know how to wash up without the aid of a dishwasher!

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