Everyone hates January. The Christmas festivities are over, it’s cold, the weather is miserable and everyone is skint. I think most people will agree when I say it’s the worst month of the year. There is no money to do anything and nothing to look forward to. If you’re a rep without a Winter placement, it’s also when the Winter blues kick in.

When you first come home from your Summer season, it’s nice to be home, to see family and have catch ups with friends. The first weeks are enjoyable because you’ve been away so long. When that novelty wears off, it’s nearly time for Christmas so you have something to look forward to and your calendar is filled up with social events. Once January hits, all you have is a long wait until Summer starts again.

I thought January was going to be an enjoyable month. The last two weeks were filled with a new adventure in a new continent and well, we all know how well that turned out. So once again, we were back in the gloomy UK and it hit me hard. As January was drawing to a close, I felt myself feeling increasingly more glum. I had no idea why and just felt a bit down for no reason but then I realised, this is a repeat of last year. Last Winter, I felt this way too. I was bored of being home, I had no money coming in with savings depleting, no one was quite as bothered to spend time with me any more and I was sick of waiting to head off again. This year I think it was enhanced by our holiday disappointment. The one thing that could have got me out of the blues and powered me through to the start of the next season was ruined.

I know I am incredibly lucky to even have had the opportunity to go to Gambia and I know I am incredibly lucky to have a job working in the sun and that I don’t really have a leg to stand on when it comes to complaining. People have it a hell of a lot worse than myself and the majority don’t get to live the lifestyle I lead so I know I should be grateful and I am. You just can’t help the way you feel though, when the blues hit, you can’t shake them, they just creep up on you.

The best you can do is try and keep yourself busy whilst having something in place to look forward to. Thankfully January is finally over and life is a little better. For most people, what feels like the 70 week month of January has come to an end and everyones bank account has been topped up. For me, I can now say that I start the Summer season next month and when you look at it like that, it’s not too bad.

So fuck off January, you weren’t the best!

All opinions are my own and just that: opinions. This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way.


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