By Spencer Messer | November 9, 2015
Seasonal depression is a very real thing. I know people who live their lives close enough to the edge of the cliff of sadness that at any moment a dreary day can send them toppling into a million pieces. The same people also feel like a happy light is a gift sent down from the heavens to help them survive the dark and rainy times of the year.
I chose to live in a really sunny place that experiences all four seasons. That means I don’t really worry about seasonal depression, but I’ve come up with something else I suffer with. Now this theory isn’t backed by any doctors or medical professionals, but I know other people who often think and feel like I do.
The condition I suffer from is called seasonal confusion – It’s basically the opposite of being depressed. This may seem silly, but it’s totally real. I have different hobbies for each season, which is perfect for living in an area that feels all four seasons. The real problem and root of this condition is that I get too excited about a specific activity that can only happen within one season. I even stop enjoying the current pursuit because I become consumed with dreams about the next activity.
Is this idea coming across as too abstract? Do you feel like it doesn’t have enough hard facts to give it a solid base to rest upon? Let me give a real life example, from someone who may or may not be me, to give this theory a better foundation.
Here in the Front Range of Colorado outdoor pursuits are very popular. Many people
fill their summers and early fall with running and biking both on the trail or on the road. For the sake of this example, our patient, is an avid trail runner and
cycles on the road and trail. This patient loves these hobbies and looks forward to
longer training days and especially the race days scattered throughout the season. The patient would even refer to himself as an avid runner. Despite all of these things, as soon as the first snow flurries begin to drift around the high country in the early fall, the only thing on the patient’s mind is snowboarding.
Early prognosis: Seasonally Confused
Skiing and snowboarding season is a wonderful time in the Western portion of the United States. The mountains are still and quiet. Joy abounds and beauty is everywhere. Even in this delightful time of the year as ski season conditions are hitting their peak qualities, seasonal confusion does the unthinkable and shows itself; by early March our patient is dreaming of the warm days of trail running and already signing up for races.
Final diagnosis: Seasonal Confusion
If you or someone you know you suffers from seasonal confusion, don’t consult a doctor. Do what I, err uhh, the patient does. Build a lot of stoke for the upcoming season of fun by doing things like watching ski movies, but try doing these things after a nice long bike ride.