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October, to me, represents The Ending of so much that’s good: the warmth of summer weather, all the light and sun we’ve enjoyed since the spring, birdsong, the triathlon season.
My triathlon training shifts inside, because my beloved Stiles Pond is now in the 50s and therefore too cold to swim. My bike rides are also done on a trainer inside, unless I bundle up to go outside. It’s not nearly as fun.
So I always get a touch depressed in October, mostly because I’m already missing the strength of the sun and I am not at all acclimated to being cold, and I really hate being cold.
And it’s darker, and kind of depressing, and the leaves are dying and falling off the trees, and it means winter is coming.
So much is ending and not enough is beginning.
I need Beginnings; mini-projects to help get me through the dark and cold.
So tomorrow I’m going to begin a writing project – I’m going to join up NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and actually start working on a crime novel I’ve been mulling over since earlier this year.
And training-wise, I’m focusing on my running for a bit in the hopes of getting faster. I’ve signed up for a 5k in the beginning of December which I’m hoping to run hard.
And I’m also trying to look at the dark and quiet of winter as being helpful for introspection, to help me go inside and emotionally make some space for the light when it’s there.
That’s what I’m doing, at any rate. We’ll see how it goes.
Do you love or hate winter? Do you have any special ways of managing the changing of a season you love into a season you don’t love as much?