I took the above photo this evening. It was WONDERFUL to peek out of the glass door of my balcony and see the POURING rain. I LOVE the rain. Yet, even though I love the rain, I sometimes I wonder if I have a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder…. many people feel slightly depressed or “off” as the seasons change and there is less sun.
It is strange that I would feel very slightly run down in the winter, and yet, when I see the rain I am so energized. One of my daughters is the same way – we both get SOOO excited when the rain starts pouring down – and my entire family loves to hear the thunder roar and watch the beautiful show that nature presents to us with lightning in the sky!
I think that I have a hard time with seasonal changes, not due to lack of exposure to the sun (as I always seem to be piled deep in paperwork at my desk and never get out as often as I would like to), but due to the fact that the sun is not yet up when I have to get out of bed. I find it so much easier to get out of bed in the summer, when the sun rises before I do. That is just the way life should be – the sun rising before me. I do not like mornings when I beat the sun…… and I am in the middle of that season when my alarm clock definitely goes off before the sun goes up…….
I suppose my biorhythms do not mesh well with winter. I am definitely NOT a morning person – my perfect job would start at 10:00 in the morning (yes, I know that I believe the perfect field for me is education so there is a rare chance that this will ever line up for me). I do not mind working late, I would work until 22:00 at night with no issues, if only my alarm could be set for after that sun rises!
Seasonal changes and mood liability is a very real struggle for many people. We know that in cities where there is more cloudy and rainy days there is more depression and higher suicide rates. When the seasons affect a person that much, it is important that they seek assistance so that they do not find themselves in a desperate position.
Today 78 days ’til 40, as much as I do not like the lack of morning sun, in my life the rain makes up for it. I am looking forward to listening to the rain as I fall asleep tonight.