“The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don’t be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
I arrived back in Australia to a Canberra winter, a test for the hardiest soul. I always wonder when enduring the flagging heat of a long dry summer or rugging up against a harsh winter, why Canberra was chosen as the national capital when there are so many beautiful places in the country with temperate climates. Perhaps it was a compromise to quell the established rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne. Whatever the reason, the climate can be a challenge.
But coming to terms with the place and the climate is necessary in order to move on- as we all know what we resist, persists
and so I’d like to celebrate some of the best things of a Canberra winter.
The seasonal change in the capital is vibrant, glowing with the radiant autumn colours of dying leaves and when Jack Frost weaves his silvery cover over everything on those minus mornings,you can be guaranteed of cloudless blue skies and bright squinty-eyed sunshine for the rest of the day. A solid winter wardobe is essential for venturing out in the early evening to appreciate the brillant purple, pink and red hues of sunset on those clear and crisp days. And as with every experience in life its the small things that make the difference to enjoying the season, those things which can so easily be taken for granted like a pair of warm woollen gloves.