March is still a winter month
At least in Finland it is. Yes, there may be days with brilliant sunshine, but there’s still some snow around. And speaking of snow, a blizzard is not ruled out, either. If anything, March weather is unpredictable, ever-changing, and often disappointing.
Disappointing? Well, first you have one of those perfect days: sunny, temperature well above zero, and all the snow seems to have just vanished overnight. And then, the following day it starts snowing again…
If you want to gain some sort of an insight into the Finnish soul, March weather is the perfect analogy: the sun might be shining, now. But you know that tomorrow you’ll be knee-deep in snow, the cold wind beating your face…
Seriously, forget SAD; you get through the darkness of winter just fine. After all, that’s what winter is: cold, dark, miserable. You know it’s not getting any better, so you just get on with life as usual.
But spring, that’s so much harder. For starters, there’s the increased daylight. And living so far up north, we really get a lot more daylight, very fast. And I mean a lot. So much that it tends to make us a bit giddy, especially if it’s accompanied by slightly warmer weather. Which explains why we tend to go a bit crazy in April and May…
But first we have to get through March, with its cruel mind tricks and almost unbearable sense of anticipation. Because that’s what March does to you: it plays on your expectations, only to crush them the following day. Very depressing. There’s actually a Finnish term to describe this mental state (‘kevätväsymys‘): how spring makes you feel tired, depleted and depressed.
My darling hubby says I always focus the negative. But he’s German. And he only spends weekends in Finland. So, what does he know?
Fine, to end on a more positive note: April is just around the corner…
sweater: Jigsaw / skirt Boden (old) / bag: Adolfo Dominguez / necklace: East (old) /
sunglasses: Chanel (old) / boots: Caprice (old) / coat: Hobbs
Does spring make you feel blue?
PS: Have you seen the latest DILETTANTE ARTIST post? It’s another self-portrait…
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