It’s 8pm as I sit down to write this. The house is quiet. I’ve had my tea. And I’m a little bit giddy. It’s still light outside! BST is here and I bloomin’ well love it.
Although we’ve only had five months of GMT, the dark nights can take their toll. Whether you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or not, you can’t help but sense a lift in the mood of the nation when the light evenings come round.
I’d argue the clocks going back shouldn’t stop us from getting outside. With a bit of planning, a little extra kit and the right mindset, it’s more of an adventure. Not being able to see beyond the beam of your torch forces you to focus on your immediate surroundings. You become more alert and your imagination runs wild. I recall a bike ride in the dark when three deer ran across the road in front of me. It felt like I was caught up in a wildebeest migration. Wildlife encounters aside, the sense of achievement is invariably more than you’ll get at any other time of year.
It’s a bit miserable though, so I do get why people prefer to hibernate during the winter months. But now the light has returned, we should all be brimming with enthusiasm to fill our evenings with adventure. It’s much easier to drag yourself away from the telly for a quick run when you don’t have to worry about whether your head torch has enough battery or all the things that go bump in the night.
Those extra few hours of daylight mean you can spend longer days in the hills too. No more rushing to be off the fells for mid-afternoon as darkness descends like an avalanche. Evenings spent by campfires are certainly more pleasant. Camping not your thing? Stroll around your garden watering the plants. Wash the car. Go for an evening stroll to the local pub. Whatever takes your fancy, BST takes away the excuses.
Let’s not forget about the mornings too. Why not book a day off work next week, get up early and head to the hills. If that sounds a little spontaneous, squeeze in a run before work, or dust off your bike and cycle part of your commute. No more waiting – BST is here!
October will be back before we know it, so it’s time to embrace the ever-increasing light levels and reap the rewards of being outside at every opportunity.