Why God Created Thailand
I like things I can depend on. In winter birds fly South, a bus always comes just as you lit up a cigarette and winter depression in January. A fancy word for winter depression is Winter Blues – but dressing up a monkey in high heals and a fancy dress still makes it a monkey.
Seasonal depression hits for me, like clockwork, the second day of the year. After the hangover and the left overs are eaten there is no way out but to face the inevitable. A new year is here to stay and it starts with the worst month of them all. It is 31 days of a weather that has more in common with porridge that anything meteorological. Let’s face it: January is why God created Thailand. Just like she created Norway just to show of (do a quick search for Norway on Google and you will know what I mean) she created Thailand to show Scandinavians how wonderful life is – somewhere else than here.
Exciting as Cold Coffee
Some people like to call this way I am feeling ‘Winter Blues’ instead of Winter Depression. I admit it has a much better ring to it. Winter Blues gives associations of a secret bar in a basement somewhere, in the background a piano is playing a sad tune and there are people drinking heaps of whiskey. But that just makes it more romantic that what it really is.
January up to March is a sun and and life deprived journey and the only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge of the Sun will come back some day in April. Depression is the only and right word for it. No sugar coating, please.
This time of year is as exciting as cold coffee.
Persistent like a Jehovah Witness
Actually I start feeling the energy draining out of me already in November. But then there is Christmas and the holidays to look forward to and I can load my batteries by listening to the carols and decorating my home with ribbons, bells and funny elves.
And talking about clockwork there is off course always the tidal wave of Help Your Self gurus, coaches and other leaders of the guiding light that pop their face up everywhere: Internet, in your mail box, on the radio – everywhere. They are all roaring their message about Living Your Best Year Yet or Making this Year the Year You Win it All or How to Reach Your Goals and Beyond.
Just as I am finding peace and comfort in my Winter Depression these guys show up and tell me to get over it. I will hand them the credit of being as persistent as a Jehovah Witness making her final sale of the day. You can say no to a Jehovah until the end of time. But they keep coming back, they never give up. Its the same with the Gurus of Goal Setting. They keep on chanting the importance of setting goals, join the 5 o’clock club or Smile to the World etc etc…
Talking to a Zombie
I know many people get really upset when I talk about the Seasonal Invasion of Coaches like this. These people tell me all kinds of things like ‘ It is only for your own good’, ‘Life is what you make of it’ and similar standard sentences of nonsense.
And when I try to explain to them that Happy Thinking does not change the world – it’s as effective as telling a zombie to calm down.
How come most of the world famous gurus all live in California, Florida or the Bahamas. Consider that for a second. It is very easy to tell me to get rid of my Winter Depression when you yourself live in a sunny world with a blue sky. I would love to see them come to Scandinavia and live in our 5 – 6 months of Darkness and then hear them express their same mantra of Happy Thinking.
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