Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Great Depression
The great depression begins when the National Football League season has ended and continues until April when I get to go play in the dirt in my gardens. Up here in the north, I sit longingly waiting for the ground to thaw and the air to warm. As I look out at my gardens, I anticipate the digging and planting that takes place with vitamin D soaking back into my skin. This year will be a little harder with no plans of travel to a warmer climate during spring break. I am stuck here in the frozen mountain land forever!
Many people struggle during the first months of each New Year. They may have feelings of let down after the holiday season and family members return home. Others become depressed due to lack of sun and being stuck inside the house. People like me struggle with the lack of football to distract me from the claustrophobia of no outside warmth. Some of us also fight the battle of pain due to autoimmune diseases that inevitably get worse during the violent weather patterns of snow and frigid temperatures. In the last seven days, four have been filled with aches and pains for me. I feel like my joints are literally burning and my energy is drained.
To battle these issues, I make plans. This year I am redecorating a room in the house that I can use as a retreat for my writing. I am excited for the possibilities. The theme is literature in its many forms with “Gone with the Wind” being a staple of the décor. I am also facilitating a new Bible study at my parish to get me out of the house a little more. My husband helped me with a workout plan that lets me go at a slow pace on bad days and a fast pace on my good days which I do at five in the morning. I love mornings. I will continue to work my writing challenges. If I find that I still struggle, I am going to study the great painters and photographers as part of my artist dates that help stimulate my creativity.
The great depression will not prevail in my life. I hope all of you have fun projects to keep you busy during the dreary days ahead. I see some people taking their aggression out on the groundhog on facebook. Instead, use that energy for good. Tackle a project instead. Happy Winter!