As the popularly labelled weather phenomena the Beast from the East took a firm hold around where I live, I woke this morning to a blanket of approximately 4 inches of snow.
The two meetings I had planned for today involved over 80 miles of driving. Given all factors, and in agreement with the other parties, we agreed to reduce the unnecessary risk and rearrange.
At which point I “heard” one of my septuagenarian relatives cry “It was never like this in my day. Schools never shut, businesses never closed – we just got on with it”
I still pondered this thought I took the opportunity to walked into town for our shopping.
I saw very few vehicles on the road. The ones that were on the road, were driving badly, not using gears or cadence braking, over revving and sliding creating additional hazards.
As I walked into town, the snowflakes arrived in greater speed, volume and density. As some settled on my face, I wondered if I was my behaviour, by rearranging my schedule could be described as snowflake?
I encountered many children, who, because of school closures, also had an extra day to themselves.
I was heartened to see that rather than staying indoors, they had chosen to wrap up well grabbing the opportunity to play outdoors.
I further pondered. Does the “snowflake generation” have more resilience than previously credited? Is it’s alleged fragility due to being untested?
I also noted that of the people that were going into town, they were in various states of preparation for the poor weather.
Broadly speaking they fell into two categories;
· Those that were under prepared, but nevertheless carried on trudging through the damp and ankle-deep slush and snow in wholly inappropriate clothing and footwear, seemingly without worry, and
· Those that were over prepared, some to the extent that they would not be out of place on an Alpine Ski resort
That said, I noticed that neither group were making greater progress than the others. The common theme was their determination to not allow the weather to prevent them from going about their daily lives.
On further reflection, I considered whether the label “snowflake generation” was not the lazy criticism of the younger generation today. If the reason for that label is a seeming lack of resilience, then Generation Snowflake – lets hear from you.
Is it not true that a snowflake, when viewed closely is a thing natural beauty?
Can this individually beautiful thing then join with others create a force a change?
And most importantly of all does a snowflake not, in the Darwinian sense, evolve, in that when it melts it becomes water, the very essence of life?
And for the non-Snowflake generations, before falling into the trap of generalisations and joining the lazy criticisms, take a closer look.
Those labelled the Snowflake Generation today are the future.