The term Blue Monday was coined in 2005 and refers to the most depressing day of the year–usually third Monday in January. Well, in the Northern Hemisphere at least.
This idea has been dismissed by scientists and according to charity Mental Health UK, it’s been created to sell summer holidays. Quite likely, since Blue Monday was first mentioned in a press release by a travel company. Nevertheless, many people might be feeling very blue, so I thought I’d do a little colourful photoshoot.
I know I have published beads and paperclips before, I just like colours, okay?
One of the factors that supposedly contribute to Blue Monday is failed new year’s resolutions. But, isn’t it too soon to give up on them? The first month isn’t even over yet. There are 11 more months left. And whatever you have resolved to do, nobody says you should start on it on 1st (or 2nd) January. March is as good. Or April. Or June. I remember once reading some article which claimed that people would have more success if they set their resolutions in the beginning of September, as we still think of new academic year as the time to start something new. Certainly makes more sense to me that the middle of deep winter.
So, if you don’t think you’re doing well, please don’t throw in the towel.
I thought we could use some warming-up now right in the middle of winter and a cold spell.
I don’t remember how exactly I got the idea for this photoshoot but I have always liked this colour combination. Of course, the Pan-African colours are red, gold and green, not red, yellow, green. But in my pictures, it’s very much yellow.
Red, gold and green can be seen on flags of many African countries today. The inspiration came from the flag of Ethiopia (the country which was not colonised by Europeans except the short period of Italian occupation) and the first country to adopt these colours was Ghana in 1957. Ghana was the first colonised country in Africa to gain independence.
I thought I’d throw a bit of knowledge in there, though flags are not something that interests me very much. Maps, on the other hand, I love. I can stare at maps for hours. Almost.
I think that’s enough rambling for one post, so I hope all of you in Northern Hemisphere are keeping warm!