The first time I linked up with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into posts was October 29, 2015. And I was sadden when she decided to no longer host the link-up. She encouraged us to continue writing the What I’m Into posts, however.
I had the pleasure of meeting Leigh during Anne Bogel’s author event at Parnassus last month. I told her that I missed the link-up and asked if I could be responsible for continuing the practice. She encouraged me to continue my version of it so now I invite everyone to share your link to your What I’m Into blog posts in the comments. We’ll do this every month and we’ll share our next list on Tuesday, January 2. And please spread the word to others. I would love for the community to live on in this space.
I have been pondering rhythms recently. Ebb and flow. In and out. Especially as it pertains to the seasons of the year. the fall, the earth slowly sheds its weight – trees shed their leaves, crops are harvested, the earth becomes fallow. The earth rests.
I have seasonal affective disorder. During the fall and winter, I am easily moody and depressed and generally unenthusiastic. Gray cloudy days are the expressway to gray and cloudy thoughts. Until I started thinking about the seasons of the year, I thought I SUFFERED from SAD. I am beginning to think that isn’t the case. Perhaps, it’s my body signaling the time for rest. I have a friend who goes into “hibernation” this time of year. That may not be such a bad idea.
So what’s keeping me sane right now? The fact that I am not into anything really.
I completed the wedding; it went well. And after that, it was a trip to my parent’s condo in Florida where there was absolutely no agenda besides watching my Daddy’s alma mater, Bethune Cookman University, play their final home game of the season. That was really cool because I got to see the band. They call them “the Pride” of BCU because the 300+ member band is one of the best bands in the country. They have been in commercials and in movies.
I had heard this band practice every time my family visited my grandparents, who lived across the street from the University. It was such a pleasure and so fulfilling to see them performing live. And the Florida sun does wonders for SAD.
We came home to temps in the low 40s, high 30s. Cloudy and rainy. Just the thing to set SAD off. But I have turned on my solar lamp, streamlined my agenda by making a list of what absolutely has to happen and ways I can enjoy this season this year, and I am focusing on that. I can become alive again in the spring: new life, new energy, producing new things, accomplishing stuff.
What are you into?