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The Dark Months

31 October 2016 | Post A Comment

It seems like everyone is loving Autumn at the moment. Social media makes it sound like everyone is running through piles of leaves with the perfect berry lip, drinking hot chocolate and smelling like cinnamon. Everyone is instagramming pictures of dead leaves and I'm pretty sure pumpkin emojis are building an army and taking over all twitter handles. Autumn has become the 'cool' season, the season the biggest fashion bloggers rave about and all the lifestyle bloggers write about. 

I know I am one of them, I have fallen victim to Autumn's golden charm. But I think the thing with the colder seasons is that they require effort. You can't really enjoy a crisp Autumn walk without at least an hour of cold weather preparation and positive attitude building beforehand. An enjoyable evening needs the blanket level to be just right and a good book to make up for the mediocre hot chocolate you just pretended was amazing on instagram. I wrote the post '10 Things To Do This Autumn' to inspire myself to make the most of the season because without doing those things you can easily let the short days pass by in a rather depressing cycle. 

This time of year isn't always candles and fairy lights, sometimes its loneliness, darkness and cold. When you're living with a mental illness or are just having a bit of a bad time it isn't always easy to gather the motivation to enjoy the season, and that's ok too. Try not to get swept up in the idea that everyone is having an amazing time by the looks of their Instagram feed.

Despite all this I think I would still choose Autumn as my favourite season as it requires you to do the work to make the most of it. It makes you look for the beauty and then look for it again and you better appreciate it in the moment, because it won't look the same tomorrow. You have to wake up and inspire yourself to make the most of the day you are given even if the wind and cold is shouting at you to get back into bed.

"October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces" -J.K Rowling


  1. Beautiful post girl, I really enjoyed reading this! For me Autumn is the most enjoyable season, but you're right it's a lot of effort!

    corrie |

  2. Lovely post, perfect intro. :D It so accurately describes the situation on Internet and SM. ;)
    I like Autumn too, but not all the time. I like the sunny days. Who doesn't! ;) Sun is shining, it is still quite warm, coloured leaves look so fresh and rich. BUT the rainy, cloudy, sun NEVER shines days.. :/ The best thing for that kind of weather is lighting candle at home :) bringing some light in if it is not outside. :)

  3. Thanks for your comment Madara x Definitely, bring the candles out on the miserable days :) xx

  4. Thanks Corrie, so glad you like the post xx

  5. I actually have a similar post to this coming up and couldn't agree more with your sentiment! I sometimes wonder if some of the full-time bloggers/YouTubers who romanticise Autumn realise that for those of us who don't have flexible, work-from-home schedules, it's basically the start of waking up in the dark and leaving work in the dark :(

    Jasmine xx

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