I have a love-hate relationship with weather in Dallas. Hellishly hot and humid summers are a beating, but the summer thermals also bring these remarkable thunderstorms. Winters are mild, but all over the place. It was 18 degrees a week before Christmas, 80 degrees the day of, and it snowed yesterday. The Texas saying is "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes." It's true. It makes it difficult to acclimate to winters here. You never store away your shorts and sandals, but you can go a whole winter without needing gloves.
But, yesterday, with the snow flurries falling all around and knowing full well that they would probably be gone within 24 hours, I enjoyed every single flake. My husband and I went ran an errand in the morning and took our dog, Artemis, with us. She excitedly hung her head out the window the whole way, while we sat cozily in our coats and heated seats. As a big dog, she drools naturally when excited. It can be quite gross, but then, her scruffy beard developed icicles as she joyously held her head in the cool air. I couldn't stop laughing. My girl dog had a beard of ice! The ice couldn't have formed if she wasn't sticking her head out the window. She wouldn't have been able to stick her head out the window if it wasn't just cold enough for the snow to form, but not so cold that we would have had to close the windows. If my sweet dog didn't have a beard, no ice. If she didn't like car rides, no ice. If she hadn't run out of food, we wouldn't have taken the car ride.
So many little things led to this whole escapade which had me giggling like a little girl. It's made me stop and be grateful for the little things.
As a solo entrepreneur, it can be so easy to get overwhelmed by all the to-dos, all the goals, all the hats we have to wear, our own expectations for ourselves and so on and so on. Often, I feel the weight of my own ambition crushing me. And yet, I cannot see myself pursuing any other life. I've caught the entrepreneurial bug and there is no cure.
So, these little moments, seeing my usually blisteringly hot town, covered in a blanket of white, the air cool, crisp and clean, my huge beast of dog in open truck window ecstasy, I take pause. Yesterday, it's snowed in Dallas and today, there are millions of other joyous anomalies happening all over the world.