S.A.D and an introspection on passion
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Oh my, wasn't that a catchy title. OK, not my best, but I've been introspective over the last few days, so there ya go.
S.A.D. I wonder how long someone worked to come up with that one. Seasonal Affective Disorder. We used to call that the winter blues. Before that we just chalked it up to cabin fever. Now it's a full-blown mood disorder with a variety of treatments. If you have a real problem, don't think I'm making fun of you. I'm sure there are some who really suffer this time of year. For most of us, it's just a matter of waiting out the next 6-8 weeks. "This too shall pass". That, and the cold I've been sporting for the last week or so.
I had a small skirmish at work last week. No big deal. But, it put me to thinking over the "long" weekend (snow day after all, yesterday). I realized that I've allowed my passion for all the areas of life that motivate me to get out of bed sucked out of me. Work was just one. I didn't even notice it was happening, except for the decreasing opportunities for physical activity.
It was an easy thing. Opportunities slowly slip away. Things that used to be exciting becoming routine. The business of the everyday creeping in and crowding out the wonder. Taking on that second job as life's necessities take primacy over the "optional". I may explore further over the next few days. The first conclusion I came to, though, was that no one can actually steal your passion. You have to surrender it. Often one small step at a time. So, my goal for as long as it takes to accomplish, is to reclaim my passion.
Until then, cue the song...
"The sun'll come out...tomorrow..."