Embrace the Chill and Lean Into the Discomfort

Thoughts from a chilly walk

Angela M Ward
5 min readApr 10, 2021


Photo by Tim Foster on Unsplash

Today I learned how to embrace the chill.

And I’m not talking about the relaxed kind of “chill” — although that’s always a good thing to embrace too.

I’m talking about the chill in the air. Why the heck does this matter, you ask?

Well, let me give you some background.

I Really Hate the Cold

I’m not someone who enjoys being cold. It’s funny because I live in Canada (one of the coldest places on earth). But I really don’t like it. I like warmth.

I love bright sunshine, crackling fires and cozy sweaters.

In stark contrast, I don’t like the way the frigid cold seeps through my layers of clothing and seems to wrap itself around my very bones. It unsettles me.

That’s why I prefer the comfort of warmth. It envelopes and reassures me. Nothing calms me more than sitting by a crackling fire that kisses my skin. And nothing feels as protective as winter clothes. I like the way chunky gloves and scarves and sweaters cocoon me, shielding me from the world outside.

And I love the way the sun shines in the sky like a giant spotlight, generously spilling its rays down on me. I turn like a plant toward the light, basking in its rays (even though the Irish skin I’ve inherited from my ancestors makes me burn as easily as a vampire).

However, if I hide away too long in that toasty comfort zone it can feel very limiting. The warmth can lull me into a pleasant state where nothing ever changes or grows.

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” -John Assaraf

Sometimes I need the cold because it wakes me up to reality.

Sometimes the Cold Is Needed

That’s what I discovered today on my walk. It was about 13 degrees Celsius outside and since we’ve been getting some milder spring weather, I figured I’d be okay in a light long-sleeved top and wind-jacket. I still felt the chill, however.

I get cold really easily, so that’s another reason why I don’t enjoy the cold. And in my defence, it had…



Angela M Ward

Communications and digital marketing professional, interested in creativity, personal development and mindful living. Top Writer in Reading.