We’ve recently passed the Winter Solstice, and here in the Northern Hemisphere that means our days (or, rather, hours of daylight) are finally getting longer. After months of shrinking daylight, the sun will be with us a little longer each day, until the Summer Solstice in June.
I can remember a few years ago, feeling a bit like a mole. I left my house for work in the dark, and drove home in the dark. I had a window at the office, but to keep the heat in, we were asked to keep the blinds drawn… it’s no wonder people get depressed and suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) by this time every year!
It’s not just the shorter time in the light, but also the weather that contributes… We’ve had snow and rain fairly regularly, and snow clouds aren’t cheerful, white fluffy things…
So at this time of year, we’re grateful for any natural illumination.
If we don’t get sunlight by day, we’ll let ourselves be dazzled by the moon – especially if reflects on snow.
But nothing lasts forever. Spring will come, with ample blue skies, and a warming glow from the sun. Let there be light!
For more info on SAD, see these posts:
- Into the Light: The Season for Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Real
- Can Winter Really Make You Sick? The Truth About Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
This post was written in response to the weekly Travel Theme challenge by Ailsa of WheresMyBackpack, Illuminated. To see other bloggers’ responses and get more info on the challenge, just click on the link above.
As an added bonus, enjoy this post on a very similar topic from about this time last year…. Illumination – Star Light Star Bright!