The other day it was stupidly cold in Chicago. Like, my weather app said that it felt like -10F, that’s -23C. And yet, when the bus stopped two stops before I normally get off, I found myself stepping out of the slight warmth that so many bodies in a small space provided.

There was a moment before my foot hit the snow that I thought, “What the fuck are you doing?” But then I got fully onto the sidewalk and realized that it wasn’t as bad as it could be and I was physically able to walk this extra way, so why not?

It was nice.

The next time that you have a moment, I recommend getting off the bus a stop early, or going for a spot in the back of the parking lot, something to feel your body move. If you don’t already do it on a regular basis, it’s nice to remind yourself that you can.