Throughout the year it has never been an easy or fun task to stow myself away in the library and do work. But I can’t help feeling that with the onset of the gorgeous weather it is just getting harder and harder. Not only do I have less self discipline to pack up my books and head to Gelman, I also get the urge to skip class and instead just enjoy the beautiful day. After talking to my friends, it appears I’m not the only one who feels this way. Doing work or being in class means being inside and not in the sun. And not being in the sun when it’s so beautiful out just seems like a crime.
This may not apply for everyone, but for me, there is no worse feeling than sitting inside watching TV when you can see outside how nice it is. Over the summer, I broke my ankle and was sentenced to a lot of couch potato time. But instead of enjoying my free time to explore facebook and every single channel Comcast offers, I would sit inside upset that I was not out and about.
Now, more than ever, I want to spend my time outside. Whether eating outside, laying out, taking a walk, playing tennis, or reading outside. Just being outside makes me so much happier than I was the entire winter. It is crazy how the sun has such power over emotion. I don’t know much about it, but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized by episodes of depression that occur during certain periods (seasons) of the year, and it mostly occurs during the winter.
So, how do you feel now that the sun is out? Are you happier? Is it affecting your work ethic? What’s more important- getting your work done, or spending time outside, and being happy?