Equinox Exuberance

One of the occupational hazards of farming, is that we as farmers develop a behavioral sensitivity to the seasons. This is only natural as the bulk of our activities depend on cooperative weather.
I first noticed my own susceptibility to this condition early in my career. The well-earned euphoria of a successful harvest season would gradually succumb to a lethargic slump that lingered through mid-March. Then as the days lengthened and warmth returned, my enthusiasm gradually recovered. Most of us experience this seasonal effect. Mom and Dad found a remedy by going to Arizona from November to April.
My personal belief is this perceived reduction in happiness and optimism during the winter is a selective advantage for inhabitants of northern latitudes.
The intensity and urgency required to maximize forward movement during the 8 to 9 months suitable for outdoor activity is not sustainable. Being a retired amateur triathlete, I know first-hand the consequences of working too hard, too long, and exceeding your body’s ability to repair itself. Thanks to nature’s adaptive genius, our internal pace maker mirrors the seasons, slowing down our thoughts and movements during the least hospitable months. This results in a longer, more productive lifespan. Even though modern man has less of a need for this selective advantage than our hunter gatherer predecessors, the DNA based instincts that benefited mankind for millennia persist.
So with the passing of the vernal equinox, our mental processors switch from energy saving to operating mode.
Or maybe it can all be explained by the fact that winter sucks, any normal person would be depressed and we would all be happier going south for 4 months?
Regardless of the explanation you prefer, for the next six months, day will exceed night. Time to make hay, or as they say in sports talk parlance, game on!
Jim