Winter is a time of hibernation. The cold drives us in, the nights long, and outdoor activities are limited by the shorter days. For those of us who work it is dark when we leave in the morning, it is dark when we head home at the end of the day. Often, what we do is limited by weather conditions. Winter is a time to turn inward, spend time cooking, doing in door activities and even sleeping more hours a day. There is nothing we can do to change the situation, other than how we deal with the change of season.
I enjoy the changing seasons and, while I'm always cold, and often complain about being cold, I know there is little I can do about it other than to find ways to stay warm. I'm quite good at doing just that.
Last year we bought micro-spikes for the bottoms of our winter boots. We started hiking the snow packed trails on sunny winter weekends. A new winter activity was my savior. It helped me deal with the longer nights and the lack of light from gray days. This year I may try to do some flat range snow shoeing, too. I think my preferece will be hiking in micro-spikes.
Moving my body, as well as gaining strength, will serve to help me with my new winter sports activity. I've (re)learned this after all the years I've been a winter slug. It's also served to help me deal with the change of time this winter.
I know I'm going to get a lot of flack for my view on Daylight Savings Time, but the fact is I LOVE IT!! I am a morning person and I like light at the begining of the day, too, but there is so much you can do with light at the end of the day. My ToT thoughts are:
Changing time is hard, so it would be great if the time didn't change and it stayed DST constantly. In the summer we use the extra hour to be in the garden or hiking/walking after work. There is plenty of time left at the end of a day to do just about anything we like.
The extra hour of light at the end of the day in the winter would be put to better use than morning light, althought being a working stiff it matters little anyway. It's dark both morning and night in the dead of winter no matter how you cut it.
I like the light. I need to light. I crave the light. DST is how I get more of it. I'm making a plea to let us have DST all the time.