When it becomes too cold to live outside, the majestic grizzly bear will build a den and hibernate for the winter. The den is a safe and warm place and now that winter is officially here, it’s time to find your den.
Now I’m not expecting for you to go off into the woods and find an actual cave. Although I do think a cave decked out with cheap Ikea furniture would be super cool, it really just isn’t practical. Your den/cave can be literally anywhere. The important thing to remember is it doesn’t matter where it is, just that you have one. Everyone needs a space that is just theirs. A place you can retreat to for some R&R (Rest and Relaxation), or for me some R&R&R&R&R&R (Rest and Relaxation and Records and Rooibos Tea and Ramen and Reddit). For me, this place is my bedroom. I’ll put on a record, plug in my electric kettle and give myself a couple hours to just chill out and hibernate.
The Christmas Break is the perfect time to set up your cave for the winter. I know that I have to go out and pick up a few things while I have the chance. It may seem like work now, but by the time February comes around and I have to write about two tweens who think they fall in love, decide to run away and then take opium and kill themselves (AKA Romeo and Juliet, sorry for the spoilers), I’ll be ready!
Even on campus, my friends and I will find a space or two that isn’t used very much and make it ours. Your cave doesn’t always have to be just for you, sometimes the more people you have with you in the cave the better! People tend to feed off of each other’s energy and relaxing and talking with a group is just what you need to help you get through those dreary winter months.
Even as I write this, I have another word document open with a list of things to add to my cave. If you have any suggestions please let me know.