I looked outside this afternoon and realised, to my shock, it was getting dark.
At 3.45 pm!!!
(To be honest, this was more to do with the fact that it was raining than anything else, but it reminded me that summer truly has gone.)
For some reason, autumn and winter always sneaks up on me. I don't know why. Perhaps because summer is never REALLY summer in Glasgow. You get the odd heatwave early on in the summer (occasionally the best heatwave actually surprises you in April) and although it's rarely COLD in winter, it DOES rain a lot. Therefore the day I look out the window and realise how dark it is for the time of day, it's only to be expected, but a bit of a shock all the same.
The other reason I can always tell winter is kicking in, other than the weather cooling drastically and the sun heading for bed early, is the fact that my mood takes a definite shift downward.
I know, surprising right?I bet you thought I was this sunny and positive and optimistic all the time, huh?
But seriously, I do firmly subscribe to the theory that the sun affects your mood. Therefore I'm far happier in the summer than I am in, say, January. When it's nice outside, I want to be outside. I get more fresh air. I feel healthier. When the sun shines, I can sit in the park with a book or a friend and BASK. (Admittedly I get the opportunity to do this rarely, but it is FAR rarer in the winter. ) I have a suntan!!! (A proper one, not one created by risking my health in a sunbed, or a fake one that smells like stale biscuits). I'm more content.
When winter hits, I feel down a lot more. And it's already affecting my health, I feel. I seem to be becoming one big allergy recently. My rings are irritating my fingers. My neck is breaking out in dry red patches. I bruise more easily apparently (seriously, that bruise on my bum from falling off the bar stool more than a week ago is STILL massive and dark and three bruises mysteriously appeared on the inside of my arm earlier). And my state of mind is affected. I get upset about the silly things, sweat the small stuff. I should look on the positive side - like, okay, it's annoying that apparently I'm not trusted enough to be someone's out-of-office contact, but hey, at least it means I don't get bogged down in emails in their absence I guess. It still upsets me though.
Anyway, this year I'm making an early resolution - fuck waiting until New Year and all that bollocks! This winter, I'm going to try to be more positive.
Let's see how long I last . . .
Anyway, so as not to end on a COMPLETE downer, here is a post that totally cracked me up today, courtesy of my good bloggy friend Chele. Funny, accurate AND alcohol-related . . . what more could you want???