Like I said in last week’s post, the weather here at Norwich University is starting to get colder, and along with the cold comes winter/seasonal depression. Basically, it is the phenomenon where individuals become gloomy as the weather becomes more gloomy. But I am here to offer some motivation in response to this seasonal depression that is fogging over NU. First off, I’ve said this before and I’m saying it again, (I’m starting to sound like a broken record), it's all about your perspective. For example, I’m from Arizona, where we decorate cacti with Santa hats for Christmas decorations. We don’t know what a real winter is, and a great majority of Arizona's population don’t like the cold as well (at least I don’t). But, I like the snow now, I like the cold weather more than I used to, but that’s because of my perspective. I know that through the winter will come so many good things, such as snowball fights, snow sculptures, hot chocolate, just to list a few great things about Winter. But of course, there are the downsides of Winter, such as frostbite, freezing cold weather, just the outside in general. But our situations are what we make of them. I know that after the rain, the skies will be all clear, and there will be a rainbow in the sky, a beautiful sight after a not-so-pleasant storm. The same can be considered about Winter, if one cannot find one good thing about the Winter, try seeing the good that comes after the Winter, Spring, for in Spring the flowers blossom, the trees bud, and the animals awake from hibernation, nature wakes up full of freshness and wonder. Now, how in the world does the weather (of all things) apply to Norwich University? Well, I’m glad I asked, the weather relates to Norwich University as the weather is part of everything we do. If you didn’t know Norwich University is a very active campus, in fact one of our core values is comprehensive fitness, “we stress being physically fit…”. Meaning through rain and shine, we here at Norwich University are going to be training, meaning to get through the training, you’re going to need some fire within you. Now, this fire is what is going to motivate you, it's what’s going to keep you warm, and it’s what’s going to keep your eyes on the prize. In the Winter, just like the Summer, at Norwich, we wake up before the sun does, and we train, we train to better ourselves each and every day. If you don’t have the proper motivation, the proper perspective, you’re going to burn out. So that’s how the weather relates to Norwich, it is another obstacle to try to get over, for only the strong, only the motivated will have the discipline and strength to wake up at 05:30 and run in 20-degree weather. That’s what makes Norwich great, the people who reside within it. So what you should take away from this post (if anything at all) would have to be, neither the weather or our circumstances decide how great we are, our actions decide how great we are, who we decide to be this very minute decides how great we are, and of course have a blessed day!