By Aaron Firestein |   January 6, 2014
It’s safe to say that most people in Chicago were not happy to hear that it would be the coldest day in decades today. That’s to be expected. -15 before windchill is no joke.
I, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to wake up before dawn, grab my camera, and head out to the lake. I know that sounds crazy, but I grew up in a place where it was considered “freezing” if it dipped into the 30’s (and that rarely happened). I’ve been in Chicago for three years now, but until today I had ever experienced weather this cold. And yes, it was cold. Two layers of pants, thick socks, four sweaters, a down jacket, hat, gloves. I was only out for an hour and wanted to get photos of my BucketFeet – which by the way, with good socks, are not bad shoes in this temperature.
The point is, I saw a positive opportunity in a situation most people see as a negative one. This weather is deadly and disruptive and I think about all the people that suffer because they have no other option but to be on the street or in houses with no heat. It’s also awe-inspiring and beautiful. I try to live my life as one where no matter where you are, there’s something to learn, somewhere to explore. I wish I got out of the house and did what I did this morning more often.