Winter Solstice: The Darkest Day of 2020

Samantha Case during winter solstice thinking about how to get through the challenges of 2020

Today is the Winter Solstice: the shortest day and the longest night of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.

In Washington where I live the sun rises at 7:43 AM and sets at 4:23 PM. Nine hours of daylight and 15 hours of darkness.

The melancholy that often accompanies darkness has felt especially present in the environment, in the world, and in my personal life lately. Every time the sun sets it seems to pull hope and optimism down with it.

At night, my mind takes me places I rarely travel in the day . The boogeyman under the bed isn't an actual monster, but rather my own thoughts and the dark energy that surfaces when the sun is absent.