A science teacher, in elementary school, once told me that we need air to live. Since then, I have been thankful for air. Someone else told me, in “life school”, that too much of a good thing is a bummer. I’ve been thinking about that profound tension between adversity, and the appreciation of nature.
Storm at Mawson Hut.
Frank Hurley, 1911-1914, State Library of New South Wales.
Prior to my five months in Antarctica (1993-94) the guy who organized the adventure told me, “You will either come to hate the wind, or you will come to like the wind.” The “heads-up” was good, because it helped to decide that I would “like” the wind, and I refused to hate the wind. Besides, it was only for five months.
I have been thinking about wind, especially today. It wasn’t that strong; the rain was far more intense than the wind. We had some hail today and yesterday. But the wind was somewhat calming, and I thought of the relief from the wind, as I have battled it out with some depression today, which is really odd during the summer. Winter is a haven for my depression, and I am so thankful that my depression is functional. I can function with my depression, no matter how dark it gets. I am still a dad , and a husband, a writer (some of my best writing comes during my depression), funny for everyone, and pleasant (for the most part). The wind has been, over the years, a comrade during my isolatory scenes. I very much know that the wind is there / here, with me; whether it is moving at 20 mile per hour, or 50 miles per hour. I acknowledge that the wind represents adversity, depending on its strength. And for those on a sailboat, the wind means the difference between sailing … and sitting still. I will close with this confession: I was walking back to my hooch in ’93 (October) and the temperature was 90 below (farenheit) … and the wind rallied at 60 mph. Even though I had all of my skin covered, it felt like my face was getting attacked by sharp needles. There are days … I don’t enjoy the wind. It’s just too much air. But the tension, between adversity and my appreciation for nature, will never end.
- Battle of Ocean and Wind. (theogoddefroy.wordpress.com)
- I Hate Wind!!! (jraytj16.wordpress.com)
- Antarctica blog Day 1 (theknuckeyblog.wordpress.com)