So I know that a lot of the country has been facing a pretty harsh winter (seriously, I feel like all I hear on the news is talk about airport closings and the next snowpocalypse or flurricane…) but Charlotte, NC has been experiencing some pretty amazing weather these past few weeks. Actually, I can only truly remember as far back as last Thurs/Wed… but it sure has felt like we’ve been having weeks and weeks of nicer weather. (I really hope I didn’t just jinx the South…)
Now, I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of depression or any other form of mental illness by any means, but I genuinely do think I suffer from some degree of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). It’s not that I’m consciously sad or full on down during the winter months (in fact, I absolutely LOVE the Holiday season… and consider the days from October 31st- January 1st as my all time favorite time of the year!) but I always find myself feeling just, so… rejuvenated, and grateful…when the temperature starts to warm around this time of year. (Dear Mother Nature, pahleeeeease let these warmer temperatures stick around!)
This past week or so I’ve noticed that the days are staying lighter longer, and I can’t help but smile. (However, this new-found joy may also be due to the fact my after-work commute home — yes, all 5 minutes of it– is now starting to be made in the daylight…or at least, the faint glimmer of sunset).
Regardless, it’s a sign that longer days are here to stay. And you know what that means?! After-work walks to the park!!!!! WITH HAPPY!!! Because even after running her around all morning, she still has SO MUCH energy stored up when Ryan and I get home from work at night! It truly amazes me. Actually, this just reminded me of a quote from my favorite TV show… Modern Family: “She has to run every day or she goes crazy, she’s like a border collie.” Ryan would probably say this quote applies to both me and Happy. And I’m not too sure I could argue with him… ha. I think I plead the fifth.
Anyway, I guess it’s days like today, and yesterday (and this past weekend) that really make me appreciate “the good.” Not saying that winter is “bad,”per se, but it’s not exactly my favorite kind of weather. I mean…I did spend practically an entire year in heaven Australia, and as a result, I experienced a year and a half straight of spring/summer-type weather. It was pure bliss.
Case in point: I finished up my sophomore year of college (USA spring ‘06) and spent the summer before I went abroad workin’ at home in Cincinnati (USA summer ‘06)…then I jetted off to Australia and experienced their springtime weather…which turned into summer and eventually fall. And when I headed back to States in May ‘07, I was welcomed home to yet another spring season, and then summer…and then fall (this time, USA style). So I pretty much escaped the winter months from my sophomore to senior years of college. And it was amazing. Needless to say, I have a lot of spring/summer clothes and my winter wardrobe is definitely lacking.
Can’t wait for when this spring-like weather is here to stay so I can prance around in all of my sundresses! And play more outside (hiking, anyone?!). And spend afternoons at the park. Oh, and of course… there is this other reason why I’m super excited for spring to finally be here. But that is a post for another day. Right now, I’m still playing the “waiting-game”… but just know that I sure do have some exciting news in store these next few weeks
What has the weather been like in your part of town? Do you have spring fever, or have you ever experienced SAD?