In September I took my last holidays for 2016. The four days I had left for the rest of the year I saved for Christmas and New Year, thinking that I could easily go through three months without a day off (except for the weekends and October 3rd). Bad idea.
The days get shorter, sunny days become rarer. And going to work day after day becomes more challenging with every day the sun rises later and sets earlier. I feel tired all of the time. The bit of daylight I see is when I leave the house in the morning to go to work, and of course there are windows in our office that let the light in. However, I’m not sitting next to one and I’m not going outside for my break but stay inside since my workplace is in a very rural area of Berlin (nothing to see out there, nowhere to go). And when I leave work it is dark.
Which leaves the weekends as the only two days where most of us can soak up a bit of daylight and hopefully sunshine. I truly hate the autumn and winter months for their darkness, rain and wind. Even more so this year because I cannot simply escape by taking a week off. I definitely need to remember that for next year: save enough vacation days for the dark months. And plan a short city trip for the end of October. Preferably somewhere near the sea.