Okay so I’m going to be real honest with you guys here. I’m happy for you all that you’re so excited for Autumn – really, I am. But for me? I hate the bringing of the colder months, with a passion. I don’t just dislike the colder months, they genuinely make me feel incredibly depressed. But hey ho, what can you do eh?
To get some of my hatred for the colder seasons off my chest, I decided to write some things I hate about them, and then some things I love about them to leave me feeling a bit more positive about what’s to come.
What I Hate About The Colder Seasons:
- Everything starts to die and/or hibernate and hide away. All forms of life find the cold so difficult to actually be present in, that they feel the need to reserve their energy to simply stay warm, and stop leaving their homes to be outdoors. I personally hate going outside when it’s cold – Celsius’ in the 20s is my jam and I absolutely adore the warmth of the sun on my bare skin. Sorry guys, I really do hate the cold and being too uncomfortable to just go outside and get some fresh air.
- When so many of the same people who scream “it’s too hot, I miss Winter!” during the Summer, are the people saying “it’s too damn cold, I miss the Summer” during Winter… Come on guys, be decisive. I’m 100% a Summer lover, and will ALWAYS despise the cold.
- Not really being able to wear body-confident, flattering clothing. I only recently became sort-of happy with how my body looks, and was really embracing wearing high-waisted shorts and little tops. Now I’m just going to be back to hiding my body away in bulky clothing!
- IT’S JUST TOO DAMN COLD TO EVER BE COMFORTABLE. You either have to wear a billion layers and be uncomfortable from having so many items of clothing rubbing against your body, or, you have to be really cold and get to wear a more comfortable amount of clothing. Even with loads of layers on, I still end up being too cold during the Winter months – especially my legs!
- My Birthday. I turn 24 on October 17th, and let me tell you, it’s coming at me way too quickly. I’m at terms with my aging, but I just wish I had a little longer to achieve my yearly goals before I get run over by the continuous cycle of birthdays.
- Buying Christmas presents. I actually love buying people gifts, but what I don’t like is buying things that the person I give them to probably won’t end up liking all that much. Being an adult, most of the people within my social life are also adults, and already have the funds to purchase whatever it is they desire in life. Finding something for them that they both haven’t already bought for themselves, and that they genuinely would adore, is really flipping difficult.
- How rubbish it looks outside during the colder months. No sunshine, just grey and white clouds filling the skies and looming over everybody. There’s not much to look at either, I mean, it’s all dead. Yeah so the dying leaves on trees turn pretty colours, but they’re still DEAD. I much rather see nice and healthy ALIVE leaves!
- The weather, oh God the weather. Rain galore, proudly drenching all my billions of bulky layers and my once-perfect makeup in it’s wake. Icy winds, so cold that they make my cheeks burn and make my nose run. Add the two together, and you get inverted, spiky umbrellas to have to deal with. I hate the weather we get during the colder seasons, it’s the absolute worst.
- THAT IT NEVER SEEMS TO END… Here in good ol’ London, the colder seasons seem to last more like 3.67 seasons rather than their appointed 2. Yep, according to Accuweather, London averages out at only 30 days a year where the high temperature is 22 degrees Celcius. It just drags on and on and on, and when it finally gets warm it’s just a little sprint that lasts for a couple weeks, then cold again for ages before the next warm sprint, or “heat waves” as most Brits like to call it. That’s how cold it always is here, we actually have a dramatic name for when it feels warm in England.
- FOMO with Lush products, or ‘fear of missing out’. Lush brings out tons of new products for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and also add a bunch of new ones to their permanent line after the Lush Summit which occurs every September. This also means a whole bunch of discons just weeks beforehand, and will also mean that more seasonal products will begin appearing in the Lush Kitchen (which won’t generally happen during the rest of the year.) Basically, this means that I personally feel a LOT of pressure to purchase many, many Lush products during the colder months, in fear that I will miss out on said products if I do not do so! This then leads to loss of a lot of money, tons of products to have to find a place to stash in my little flat, and excess of products that turn less and less fresh everyday. I STILL have SO MANY products in my stash, mostly purchased during the Boxing Day sale last year. They’re no longer as fresh as they were back then and, lo and behold, Halloween and Christmas products have already been released once again in Lush.
Things I Love About The Colder Seasons:
- I do love how cozy I can be during the colder seasons. I find it difficult to drink hot drinks, soups, stews and heavy meals when it is warm in England, so it’s really nice to be able to indulge in those things again. I also don’t cozy up to my partner so much in the warmer months because of how sticky and uncomfortable that can get, so it will be lovely to be able to do that again! + nice, hot baths…
- Okay so, although I do generally prefer Summertime clothing, I am really excited to break in some of my new clothing items that I bought from Primark recently! I have a gorgeous pair of high waited, black skinny jeans that I’m really looking forward to wearing, and am also looking forward to getting to wear all my new shirts, hoodies, jumpers and hats more! I have a few new pairs of shoes made from waterproof material that I’m also looking forward to getting more use out of!
- Although there’s nothing I prefer than being outdoors, I’m a pretty lazy lady. When it’s too cold to go outside and I pretty much HAVE to spend my spare time indoors, it’s nice to allow myself to read, go on my laptop, watch T.V. etc without feeling too much guilt!
- Everyone being so happy on Christmas, and all at the same time. Unless they don’t celebrate it of course, but most people here do! It’s such a nice and cheerful day, everything just feels so positive and happy on Christmas, and it is a day I’m looking forward to 🙂
- The start of a new term of education. I will be attending University toward the end of September, and the start of a new term is always the most exciting and least stressful time I find (although, I do still find it pretty stressful at this time of year!) Everything is new again – new stationary, new teachers, new classes, new learning material, a new opportunity to make new friends and to attend new societies… It’s just all fresh and fun(ner) at this time of year!
- The colder months are the months where almost all of my family members’ Birthdays fall within. We kick off with my mother’s on 20th September, then mine on 17th October, then my younger brother’s and sister’s on the 12th November, then my older brother’s on 1st December, and then my eldest sister’s on 16th December. Phew! Add in the start of a new term at Uni, Halloween, Firework’s night, Christmas (+Christmas Eve and Boxing Day,) New Years Day and Valentines Day, and we have an extremely eventful couple of seasons this time of year!
- I guess the cold, drab months help me to appreciate the warmer ones even more than I already would do, right?
- Makeup not sweating off of my face and / or becoming oily so quickly! I HATE how sticky my face gets when it’s warm, so I am really looking forward to my face staying a bit more matte in the colder seasons.
- All the beautiful things specific to the colder months – such as pumpkin lanterns being out on Halloween, all the Bonfires and fireworks for Guy Fawkes Night, Christmas lights lighting up every highstreet, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, peeping through people’s windows to see a glorious Christmas tree, fireworks on New Years… All very beautiful!
- Last but not least, not really needing to shave. I hate the process of shaving my legs with a passion. To be able to get away with NOT having shaved legs the majority of the time will be pretty nice actually.
That’s it from me for now!