Last week, the Midwest got dumped on by a winter storm and here in Des Moines, we had frigid temperatures and over 13” of snow!
The good news, is that it was beautiful; it literally looked like a snow globe. The bad news, though, is that I didn’t know how to get our snowblower prepared for the first use of the year.
It took me a while, but after looking at YouTube videos to learn the right ratio of engine oil and gas, and how to start it, I began to clear our driveway. However, by that time, the snow was really coming down and the wind was blowing snow in my face.
After struggling to make several passes through the deep snow, the tears streamed down my face. I was cold. I was tired. I missed my husband so much that it hurt. I was tired of learning how to handle so many things I’d never done – things he’d always taken care of.
So I literally said out loud, “God, this sucks and I’m struggling!” As my tears soon dried up (because of the blasted wind) I took a deep breath and kept going. Soon, I got the hang of it, and I started to feel empowered – so much so, that after I finished our driveway, I went next door and cleared my neighbor’s!
I’m not sugarcoating things; doing new things IS hard! AND, at the same time, it feels good to persevere and do hard things.
P.S. My son, my nephew and others, offered to clear my driveway, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girls’ gotta do. 🙂