My #3wordsforasong challenge continued for the 3rd time in March with the winning words SNOW - LIGHT - DREAM. They inspired me to create a therapy song. I live in Scandinavia and I face long winter every year. The real problem is not the cold weather but the DARKNESS. The greyness of everything. For at least six months of the year sunny days are very rare. It can really mess with one's head, and it is a cumulative problem. Instead of getting used to lack of sunlight over the years, one gets increasingly bothered by it.
I believe people enter a certain state of Hibernation during these long dark months. It gets more difficult to keep active and enthusiastic about stuff. And then suddenly by the end of spring with more sun people light up again and become friendlier and open to new crazy ideas. My friends from Finland and Sweden will know what I mean. If you've had experience with lack of sunlight & have gone low on vitamin D and felt like crap, then this is the song for you.
Longing for sunlight and warmer temperatures is an intrinsic part of nordic lifestyle. Many people might enjoy snow and frost but only a few really like the friggin' darkness. Here in the north I've noticed people talk about weather much more than in Central or Southern Europe. Personally, I complain about the sleepy sky almost daily to multiple people and I really get into it. It's a neat way to connect with other people if you don't have a dog to walk outside ;-)
Where I come from, weather talk is considered quite boring and unimaginative but that's not the case in nordic countries. You say "Oooh how amazingly sunny it was last weekend." and you get an emotional reaction for sure. Even "Did you know it will be 12 degrees tomorrow?" is a thing here. WOW, I'm impressed :-D
Yep, weather talk is great. But most people don't dare describe just how much the weather affects them mentally. How depressed or tired it makes them. How they don't want to get out of bed. How they minimize their time outside because they hate the cold wind and grey horizon.
Living in nordic welfare states is wonderful but it requires a lot of strength and resiliance. You may disagree with me, but first try it for 13 years just like I have ;-)
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, listen to Hibernation & check out the video where I used some clips from my trip to Australia in 2015. Boy, do they have some sun there :-D That might be another extreme.
I guess the most important thing is to assimilate and try to stay as energized as possible, no matter the weather. Music can play a big part in creating your own personal inner sunshine. Are you with me?
Have a great and sunny week!