Winter Blues

    I always get hit with the Winter Blues. Every year, usually around February. This year, however, has been a little different. Maybe it’s because I started this year off not with “plans” but with action. I dove headfirst into 2015 by filming and releasing my first short film, of which I am very proud. I also started this blog, which I have been itching to do for a while now. And the action didn’t stop there. I am continuously challenging myself. In the midst of editing Wingmen, I realized that it was time to drive on the highway again. And so I drove. I drove the hour and a half highway drive to Rochester, NY, on a Sunday in early January. I’ve visited friends and made art and continue to want to see new places and experience new things. 

But sometimes, it’s hard. Sometimes it feels like everyone is moving on with their lives but you. Everyone is making progress, except you. That is a lie. We are all making progress, all the time. And we are also all being extremely lazy, all the time. Just because a few weeks of the dreary winter feel a little less productive than normal, it doesn’t mean you aren’t moving forward. Sometimes you have to stand still for a few moments to choose the next turn. And that’s okay. We have to learn to give ourselves a break once in a while. It doesn’t have to be all action all the time. We don’t have to have amazing, aesthetically pleasing Instagram photos to share every Sunday. Life is much more complex than that. It happens in its own time. So my advice is to let it. And don’t beat yourself up so much. (I would probably benefit from taking my own advice here.)

Right now, I’m working extra hours at the library and taking a writing class downtown. Both of those things are fun, fulfilling, inspiring, and make me feel like I’m not wasting my life. But even so, sometimes I just feel down. Especially now that February (from my experience, the worst month of the year) is officially upon us. So today, on the second Monday snow-day in a row, I’d like to share a few of my favorite television pick-me-ups with you all. 

1) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia- I bought the first two seasons on sale over the summer, and hadn’t gotten around to watching it until this past weekend. But boy, is it good. Let’s just say I watched 7 episodes in a row. It’s the kind of crude funny that you sometimes just crave, but it’s also a surprisingly intelligent, satirical comedy. And let's not forget the most important part: it's insanely binge-worthy.

2) Gilmore Girls- If you haven’t watched this show by now, I don’t know where you’ve been. It’s essentially my entire childhood. I don’t even know how to summarize it. Just watch it. It’s hilarious and heartwarming and wonderful. I'm currently re-watching the entire series with my sister, and it's honestly been the best bonding experience. 

3) Parks & Recreation- This show got me through last winter, and I have a feeling it will get me through many a winter to come. The theme song alone is enough to lift your spirits, but the fact that there are 6 full seasons of pure, unadulterated, Amy Poehler brilliance should help also. 

So there you have it, my (admittedly short) list of TV pick-me-ups. Choose one, and start binge-watching the February blues away today! (I’d be a great advertiser for Netflix.) Here's to getting through February one episode at a time.

  -Fran