Norwegians seem to embrace this constant change of weather. Joggers and walkers are out in sun, rain, and snow when the trails are icy, muddy, slushy or dry. The saying here goes, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” In other words your external circumstances aren’t what’s wrong, it is what you are doing with them. Thus Norwegians choose to take whatever the weather brings and enjoy life in spite of it.
My favorite example of this is ice cream. I heard the ice cream truck all summer long (it is either a piano song or the ding of a bell) thinking it was normal for the season (albeit it was a rainy summer). But I kept hearing it even when the weather turned cold. On a snowy night this week I exclaimed to my husband, “Really, are people going to eat ice cream tonight?” He looked at me, a little strangely, and said that the ice cream truck sells ice cream all year round. Yes, my jaw slightly dropped.
This is the Norwegian message: You may not have control about what is happening to you, but you can eat ice cream. Do something that makes you happy – you have the power to make your life what you want it to be. And that is what I am learning.