#MicroblogMondays: Coping with The Ending.


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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?

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3 Responses to #MicroblogMondays: Coping with The Ending.

  1. Mel says:

    I love winter, but I love everything bleak 🙂

    I am cheering you on as you do NaNoWriMo!

  2. Risa says:

    Yay for NaNo! I did it a few years ago (and finished) and it sucks because I want to do it again, but can barely keep up with my paid writing gigs (because bills). So cheering you on! Hope to see progress updates from you.
    I hear you on this time of year. Perfectly summed up. I have a hard time with early darkness and cold weather. So this winter will be a challenge like every other one. Boo.

  3. sharah says:

    I absolutely hate the end of daylight savings time each year – it’s so dark and (usually) so cold and I feel like I’m trapped in the house. Next week my company is offering a Lunch and Learn on “Beating the Winter Blues” that I signed up for immediately. I’m hoping they can offer some concrete suggestions to help me deal with the darkness – the last few years have been *HARD* for me to get through.

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