Did you know there comes a point where sunflowers will stop turning to face the sun?
The sunflower will physically rotate itself for the head of the flower to receive the most sunlight it can. It needs the strongest connection to the sun to gain the energy it needs to continue to do its job: grow. Our phones, computers, and televisions are a tad easier to deal with. We can just plug them in.
In the extreme ends of this planet where the lengths of the days and nights change wildly from season to season, there is a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder. During the seasons where the daylight hours are short, people can feel hopeless, be sluggish, and lose interest in normal activities. In the United States alone, it affects 3% on the population. As of 2020, that’s 10 million people. This can leave a person feeling drained to the point of not being able to even get out of bed.
We all spend energy to accomplish the tasks and activities set in our schedule, but not everyone recharges their battery.
Someone who never charges their phone and yet expects it to keep working is seen as a fool. We see it as “normal” to run and run and run until we collapse, then down an “energy drink” to get back up and do it again. Spending your energy without ever seeking out enough to replace what was spent is just as disastrous as spending more money than you earn.
If you don’t seek out what recharges you, you will eventually fail to function.
Taking care of yourself can recharge you. Doing something for the fun or joy of it can recharge you. Even getting encouragement or recognition for your efforts can have an affect. That’s why sporting events have cheerleaders and support groups have meetings. It builds you up when you wear yourself down.
A sunflower still growing that stops turning to the sun dies in just a few days. People with Seasonal Affective Disorder need the sun in the same way. We all keep needing to seek energy in some way until the day we die.
Make sure not to starve yourself.
See you next Wednesday.