Dawn of Spring

Hammersmith at dawnFor any SADsters out there who track these things (like me), today is a momentous day: the end of the darkest period of winter.

I’ve never been diagnosed with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but a diagnosis feels superfluous. My symptoms tally perfectly with the medical dictionary.

Plus everyone says I’m a sad bastard. Ergo etc.

Anyway, the point is that mid-November to the end of January is the grimmest, darkest time. From now on, the days lengthen fast.

This does wonders for my mood. I get out of bed with a spring in my step. Even when I’m regularly visiting the gym*.

*The author wishes to make clear that this statement in no way implies any recommendation or endorsement, specific or general, of regular gym-going. On the contrary. As heretofore indicated from time to time, he fucking hates it.

10 Responses to “Dawn of Spring”

  1. Is Says:

    Hi fellow saddo.Tried a SAD light out this year, seems to be working, and I think it’ll come in handy for the seedlings too.

  2. Soilman Says:

    Nice dual purpose economy thinking, Is. I did use a lamp one year and it definitely did make an difference… but then I broke it. So.

  3. altadenahiker Says:

    Better a sad bastard than a fat sad bastard.

  4. Soilman Says:

    Well, very true AH, very true.

  5. Manor Stables Veg Plot Says:

    I had a slight “hibernation mode” return visit this weekend. Just ate my own body weight in literally anything that was in cupboard/fridge/just lying round….dogs had to make a run for it too. These dark nights get me down…stayed in next to the fire.

    I did note tonight that it was 4.50pm and still wasn’t “dark”. Had a slight jig at work. Small things, eh?

  6. Jo Says:

    Just when we get to the point of getting out of bed in daylight the clocks go forward and we’re back to square one. I suppose it’s lighter on an evening though, so I can get back to my evening trips to the allotment.

  7. Mal's Allotment Says:

    I’ll tell you what’s sad: it’s people who go on about chitting potatoes in January when the ground here is frozen solid and in other areas the snow has returned.

    I’ve seen sad types in the gym too at 7 in the morning – when I’m outside walking the dog and feeding the swans who have been blockaded in by the ice.

    Shiver it off, I say!

  8. Kathy Says:

    I track every extra minute of sunlight. I hear we gain nearly an hour of sunlight this month. Somehow I made it last year – April will be beautiful.

  9. Tanya Walton Says:

    I have been avidly watch the days lengthen since christmas…just wish they would warm up as quick!!!

  10. Rampant_Weasel Says:

    it seems to have been constantly cold and dark for as long as i can remember, its going to last forever, well never see another growing season and slowly starve, there is no way out. 🙁