How Was Your Blue Monday
Third Monday in January
The third Monday in January is the saddest day of the year. For some folks it is the most difficult day of the year to get through.
According to the mind gurus, six factors intersect to make us "blue" at this particular time - weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling a need to take action. Many people struggle with the " blues" and for photographers, this may be a season of low motivational levels in less desirable weather, despite finding new toys in Christmas stockings. Paying for that latest gear that looked like it would be the solution to all battles, is proving to be an inevitable war. Stumbling over the resolve to get better at lighting or learn the entire Photoshop bag of tricks is now a reality. Now that you are on the other side of Blue Monday, take a look at the other side of the sadness. Now that the crest has been mounted, can you seek out a more lasting happiness? Keep away from the perpetual high of the holiday season. Seek that deep down comfort you can go to because you have been true to yourself, cultivated reliable face-to-face relationships and know what your short list of needs in life are. Think of the many times people feel better about themselves and others through photography, the times that a photograph has brought joy through fond memories and positive emotions. And, of critical importance, minimize comparisons to other creatives. Admire them.
An early morning cold blue landscape breaks with the warmth of the winter sunrise. Find the light breaking through to overcome the January blues effect. Try something new if only for a day or once. What is your vision for overcoming the saddest day of the year?
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