Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Just what are the winter doldrums? According to Dictionary.com - a doldrum is – a noun ( used with a plural verb )
1. a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art: August is a time of doldrums for many enterprises.
2. the doldrums,
a. a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
b. the weather prevailing in this area.
3. a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits.
And according to World English Dictionary - a doldrum is:doldrums (ˈdɒldrəmz) — n
1. a depressed or bored state of mind
2. a state of inactivity or stagnation
3. a. a belt of light winds or calms along the equator
b. the weather conditions experienced in this belt, formerly a hazard to sailing vessels
January, of course, qualifies for one of the months in which the doldrums sets in. I've read where many people suffer from the winter doldrums, some very severely. Maybe it's the lack of sunshine (we're talking about the north, where the colder climates prevail, by the way. I know the sun shines all the time in the south, in the warmer climates).
I used to suffer from the winter doldrums sometimes. I mean seriously, let's face it. Christmas is over, the tree is down, the warm glow of cheery lights has been removed and all that's left are dreary days and snow. Lots and lots of snow.
Okay, so far this January we've been lucky. Here it is the 5th and besides being cold (only 27 for a high today), we've not had much snow. I have a feeling that’s going to be remedied very soon. Right now we’re getting flurries and there’s even a light coating on the ground. In fact, the sun is out. Yay! We’ve actually had several sunny days so far this year. And the end of December was unseasonably mild going up to almost 60 degrees. That’s unheard of for December around here.
I’ve noticed the last couple of years, I’ve not suffered from the winter doldrums. Maybe it’s my age and the fact I no longer have to go out in the cold and snowy weather if I don’t want to. I can stay in my nice warm house and write or sleep or do whatever I want.
That’s a nice place to be in life. And although I look forward to Spring and the warmer temperatures so I can go out and walk, I’m content to stay inside for now and watch it snow. Life is good.