Friday, January 3, 2014
As I woke up in the morning, there was anticipation in the air. I knew what the day was, and what was going to be expected of me. I got up and got my little girl Bella dressed. Then I got myself appropriately dressed so we could go check things out. It was just as they had said, there was a cold, windy, biting chill in the air. I took Bella out for a little bit to take care of business and to get a little taste of what it was really like out there. I quickly convinced Bella to go back inside, I knew she was too little to be out in those elements for too long. I was going to have to be the one to handle the situation, and take on the challenge. After I got some nourishment and a little rest, I decided it was time to go out and participate in what I could hear was going on all around me. There were scraping sounds and motorized sounds filling the air. I went out, chose my weapon of choice...a shovel, and got to work. I felt strong, and felt that things were off to a great start. I was getting through the snow at what I felt was a good pace. I wasn't going to let it get the best of me, and it wasn't. Not long after being out there a different element came into play...the wind. The wind came hard and made me wonder if I was going to make it. It was trying to bite through my coat, hat, hood, pants, and especially my gloves. I wasn't sure if I would be able to continue on, or if the wind was going to win out. As I kept going...determined, I realized the wind was not going to win out. I was stronger than the wind, it really wasn't as bad as I had originally thought. I could do this! But then came a new mountain of snow that I needed to think about getting through. I needed to conquer it early because it was just going to put more of that snow on my driveway. I also had to think about a new weapon for this new challenge. For this challenge the weapon I chose was a broom. This was a great choice and was getting through the new challenge well. Once that challenge was complete, I could continue on in my plight to finish this driveway. I went back to my original weapon, my shovel. I was doing well, still feeling strong. Then another element was thrown at me, at a certain point in this game, the sun started shining brightly down on me. That brought a new challenge; a horrible challenge, an awful challenge, my toughest challenge yet... sweat. Now sweat for me is a game changer. Right away it breaks me down, makes me want to quit and go right inside to get a shower. So, I really had to determine to either stick it out or take a break for a few minutes, which would probably include a shower, which would mean spending more time inside, which would make it harder to want to head back outside (at least not any time soon). At that moment, as I'm trying to make that tough decision, I hear something in the distance. As I stop and listen closer I realize, it's my little girl, Bella inside the house screaming for me. Her curiosity was getting the better of her and she was anxious to know how I was faring in the game. I wanted...needed for her to know I was doing just fine, so I brought her out with me for a little bit so she could see for herself. Again, I only let it be for a few minutes...I didn't want her out in that for too long, I didn't want her to get all worked up about the others around us who had also chosen to take on the challenge, and...I just simply needed to finish. I was doing this for her, and for myself, of course...but for her, so she could confidently leave the house and not have to be confined to only a few feet of space to comfortably move. I brought her back inside, but that little time with her gave me that extra boost of energy that I needed to keep going strong. I got through the biting wind, handled the mountain of car snow wisely, pushed myself through the awful sweat challenge, and now I was almost finished with this game. But the Town had one more challenge to throw my way to try to keep me from finishing. Big orange monsters with shovels much bigger than mine were sent out to throw me off. They would grab more snow...chunks of it, and push it right onto my finish line. Did I have enough left to handle these extra mounds...these large, chunky mounds of snow? Well, I was surely going to try, I was almost finished, may as well just keep going. I kept going, although my shovel was no match for theirs, I felt that I wielded it well and started making my mark in those mounds. Through the wind, the sun, and the sweat, I kept plugging away. It seemed as if it would get the better of me, but I knew I was strong enough. I could do it, I could beat this. I kept chipping away. It was heavy, and there was lots of it, but I wasn't going to give up. I had a point to make...the Town and their big orange monsters couldn't break me down. I would finish, I was determined, I kept plugging and chipping away...and finally, I did! I finished strong! I had conquered the elements and challenges and was able to come out on top...victorious! The games were over for me, and there was not going to be a part 2. I fought, finished, conquered, and came out strong! I was a victorious winner of...The Snow Games!