I went for a really nice mid-winter walk yesterday. And had a nice chat with my brother. I admitted to him that I never considered myself someone who gets winter-onset SAD* but this year has been a hard one. He reminded me that outside factors are probably more to blame right now. After the walk (and talk), I was filled with the overwhelming beauty of this season. There is something so powerful to the landscape right now, as if it’s been stripped down to it’s very bones. We can build upon these bones.
It was important to remember how much I do love winter. And I plan to go out and walk more. In the words of Søren Kierkegaard: “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”
*If anything, summer usually takes a harder toll on me than winter.