Well, it is, really. Fall is my favorite season, and while November is late fall, it's generally not as harsh as winter. I have to keep reminding myself of this.
Because, of course, November is a depressing month. Not only are the natural light levels and quality of light dropping, but we get smacked by the end of daylight savings. No time of the day looks quite right, even when we get a bright sunny day. And it's a bit of a drag for everyone, especially those like me who are affected by seasonal depression, whether clinically diagnosed or not.
Then, of course, there's the weather. It's grey and rainy - and while last weekend was remarkably mild, it's not going to last. Snow is on its way... I heard rumors that there was snow the other week, but I didn't see any. My friends who grew up in tropical climates are quite unhappy already, and I can understand why. And this winter is supposed to be another bad one.
It's a bad time of year to be single. There isn't a good time, of course. But chilly grey days are the ones that are the best for cuddling up with someone in front of a fire. Cuddling up with a book, or a cat, is good but not the same - especially if you don't have the fire either.
We haven't quite gotten into the holiday rush, despite the stores trying to push the season even earlier. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? The holidays are stressful, particularly if you're trying to split time between families, or work around tight schedules, or throw a party, or have everything be Just Right. But the holidays are also a time when just about everyone is more warm and affectionate.
Add all that up, and remember that sensitive people are affected by the moods of those around them, as well. It's no wonder that it seems like everyone is depressed. There's ample reason.
I love the song "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses. It was one of the songs that first got me listening to popular music. The music really seems to capture the mood of this time of year for me, and the lyrics fit well too. And yet, it shows the eventual hope, as well - "Nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain."
This, too, shall pass.