On November 8, 2018, four days after daylight saving time ended here in most of the United States, I began a Spotify playlist called SAD. The purpose of the playlist was to open up a discussion about music and seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). I got three songs on the list before I dropped out.
Ironically but predictably, my playlist, my blog, and myself fell victim to S.A.D., and my last post was almost 8 months ago. I am here to pick up where we left off.
Now that I am feeling healthier, I am not in a place where I want to relive the dirty details. If you’ve lived it, you know it, and I’m so sorry. You are not alone, and if you need someone to talk to, let me know. If you haven’t, you will know it if it ever comes. I’ll be here then too. However, I have made some preemptive notes to myself for next winter:
- For the love of God, exercise. Just go. Right after work. Lift something.
- Plan your meals. Don’t eat so much bullshit.
- Travel in March. Come somewhere with tiny umbrellas in the drinks.
- Go the fuck outside. Even if it’s cold.
The three songs that made it on the SAD playlist? They are honestly a little inexplicable to me at this point (especially “Lemon”), but if that’s what brain fog wanted, that’s what I gave brain fog. Here are the SAD songs: