For some time, we had been planning a long weekend family camping trip, the first weekend of October.
The plans were originally formulated, I'm sure, on a 90-degree summer day. And with everyone anticipating some of that beautiful early fall "Indian summer" weather we usually enjoy this time of year.
A few days before the appointed adventure, the forecast was calling for unseasonably cool weather - in fact, it would probably be getting down below freezing overnight, in the higher-altitude destinations we were considering.
Based on past history, I had a foreboding sense of trouble.
And indeed, the email came, from my bride.
"I was just looking at the weather forcast for here, McCall and Wallowa Lake and it looks as if it will be cold, not just cool. ... I suggest that we plan on staying home."
Even though I understood the futility, I suggested some lower-elevation destinations for consideration.
The reply came, "It's supposed to be fun, not uncomfortable."
Now that really put me to thinking.
And I sent back this bit of "psychobabble," that I sincerely believe... and which has blessed my life.
But both "fun" and "comfort" are perceived individually. Some people have higher "fun thresholds" and "comfort thresholds" than others.
It's good to cultivate and expand those thresholds.
If you can have "fun" doing a wide variety of activities and in a wide variety of situations, you'll be much better off than if you can only have "fun" doing a very select and narrow set of activities. And likewise, if you can be "comfortable" in a wide variety of conditions, you will enjoy a much more comfortable life than if you need 70-72 degrees, and 30% humidity to be comfortable.
(I've previously commented on "comfort" HERE. And on "fun" as it pertains to cycling many times, including HERE.)