Unless you hate the holidays (as some people do), this January crash happens. It's natural - we spend the final quarter of the year celebrating fall, Thankfulness, holidays, and then new starts, just to find going back to the normal routine cold, dark, and boring. Add that these are some of the shortest days of the year, and it's no wonder that so many people are melancholy, or worse yet depressed.
It's a difficult time, and my approach might seem counter-intuitive, but her me out: instead of fighting it, I'm going to roll with it. The natural rhythm of life is ebbs and flows, and being honest and fair with yourself means feeling them all, acknowledging them all, and exploring them all. So instead of fighting it this year, I'm going to ask myself what I need to get through each day to find purpose and opportunity in these dark days of winter. These past couple of weeks, it's been trying a new workout, catching up on the final season of Better Call Saul and House of the Dragon, and working on my manuscripts-in-progress. Friday it was a walk outside on my lunch break. Saturday, it was lunch at my favorite burger place to celebrate finishing rewrites and revisions on my works in progress. Today is exploring some book review and non-fiction writing opportunities. We shall see what the next week brings. Maybe I'll look into short stories, or do some work on my cross stitch project. I'll see what inspiration each day brings as it comes.
Yes, these days can being inspiration. It might not be as awesome and exciting as the holidays, but I always say to never underestimate the small things. A $5 article might not seem as fun or impactful as publishing a book or winning a prize, but it's still writing and still progress. You never know where things might go from here.
Spring will come again. Until then, let's embrace the slower pace of winter dormancy and appreciate the smaller things. Most of life is in these normal days. Perhaps it's time we learn how to appreciate, utilize, and work it wisely.
That's all today. Take care, and have a great week.