Color Your Winter

colorful fruits
Colorful Fruits

Do you know why the majority of people think of winter as a depressing period? The sun shines less frequently, it gets darker earlier, trees display their bare branches, there is a sea of black, brown and grey coats that are supposed to make us look serious and/or elegant. The absence of a variety of colors is overwhelming.

We have no control over the natural cycles of trees or sunlight, but there are many ways in which we can increase the joyful outbursts of colors in our daily lives. The cheapest and quickest thing to do is to buy colorful fruits and veggies and leave some of them out instead of hiding them in the fridge. A basket of oranges or a pumpkin, red apples or pomegranates, bright yellow bananas or lemons will catch your eye and give you a boost of energy, so when you’re looking out at an overcast sky, you won’t feel like you’re stuck in eternal and omnipresent winter.

Brightening up the world is intuitively done for the Christmas season–people enjoy decorating Christmas trees, putting out Christmas lights, Santas wear bright red coats, fruits and decorated cakes abound. But when Christmas time is over, so is the attention to colors. So what are some longterm ways in which you can ensure that colors are always present in your life?

One way is to buy colorful outerwear–the heavy coats and jackets that you know you will be wearing for many months. If you don’t like bright colors, that’s totally fine; buying a pastel blue, pink or a lighter shade of red will still make a difference and will make you smile each time you wear it. You can also get plates in different colors. Hubby and I have red, yellow and dark blue ones, but there are many more colors out there. Greens look strikingly bright on the red plates while the yellow and orange colored veggies and dishes stand out on the dark blue ones. Play with the color combinations that speak to you and have fun in defying winter’s gloom!

For more suggestions on how to wear and surround yourself with colors, please refer to Melissa Alvarez’s wonderful book, Your Color Power: Energize, Empower, and Enhance Your Life with Color.” You will find out the meaning of colors which, if you choose to play with, will make your life more meaningful.  happier.



Karo Caran, the Rainbow Poetess, is a poet and a non/fiction writer. Her novel, "Breaking the silence: A story in paintings" focuses on the censorship of art and gay relationships in the postwar, communist Poland. Her poetry-based memoir, "Life in a Footnotes" will be published this summer.
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