Illumination-(Day 186/365) “Thoughts on Winter”
Winter. This is a chilly, quiet season of the year in which it allows time for the tranquility and renewal of most living things. Animals hibernate,plants lay shriveled and dormant, people work or study in the comfort of their homes and go on enlightening intellectual binges (or so it seems). Winter puts those who are fortunate in a really great mental place during the cold months. But, what about those who feel like winter is a prison of some sort that they were unjustifiably doomed to?
On my part, I have a kinesthetic way of going about most things and my emotions are charged depending on the amount of things I am seeing and touching. Since these two elements are closely tied (my senses and my emotions), the emptiness of winter makes inspiration challenging. I sort of feel like a fuse has gone out inside of me somewhere along the way. I also feel like I am really tired of putting on 18 sweatshirts over my well thought out clothing choices every time I leave the house. Heaven knows it took me forever to figure out what to wear! So, how does the creative person survive winter without vanishing in a slump? Or quitting life and getting 10 tattoos simply to feel a little bit of excitement reenter their lives?
I definitely do not know how to change the circumstances of winter (as much as I wish I could tell God to “turn up the heat” and to “let my tiny succulent plant live”), but I do know that I can endure it and find new ways to look for inspiration. I just have to try harder to find it. I have to seek out holes of the universe that stimulate my mind and spirit. Coffee shops always seem to be a good place for a quick mental spark, keeping journals, finding new music, writing about stuff, attempting to cook things, and talking to lots of people. Emphasis on people, because the creative person certainly can’t live through winter without at least somebody to laugh with. Also, observing nature and taking note of the captivating things that happen on our earth. Despite the cold, getting outside can give one a sharper mind.
So, yes, winter is a perfect time for some of us and no so great for others. But, regardless we all have to keep our eyes open in order to prevent falling into the nasty pitfalls of negativity. And creative folks who hate cabin fever, I suppose we should try really hard to find a little light in our hibernation caves, because before we know it spring will be here and our inner dance parties can once again resume . Love, JS