Summer is waning and our long summer days are getting shorter. How I love summer – even when it’s really hot. One of the reasons I love summer is the daylight. I especially love long summer nights when the sun doesn’t go down until nine.
I find the dark dreary days of winter depressing. I suffer from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affectation Disorder), what used to be called the winter blues. Ironically, I only just learned of it this past winter. But what a relief to know others have the same condition. I used an online test similar to this and did some research. However, by the time I was informed, spring was here and my mood dramatically improved. This fall, I plan to be more proactive so I can feel better in spite of the lack of sunshine. Thankfully my new car has a sunroof and I can go outside and enjoy the sun even when it’s cold.
I believe this is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. When Greg and I first married, he was in the Navy and we were stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Our first three weeks there, it rained and the sun never came out once. In Colorado we have nearly 300 sunny days a year so I was ill prepared. I had a similar problem when we lived in Napa, California. Rain is fine as long as a rainbow appears and the sun follows.
A small percentage of those who suffer from S.A.D. manifest symptoms in the summer. My dear friend Kay has this. Read more about it here and check out her latest blog entry here. Stop on over and give her some blogging love, she could use the encouragement.
My need for the sun got me thinking, how would I ever make it through winter without the Son? He is the one who directs my medical treatments, whether I chose traditional medicine or natural and He is the one I turn to when the sun refuses to shine.