Psychology of the Color Green

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite subjects to study in college was color theory. I spent semester after semester hunting down classes that would expand my knowledge in the meaning behind a color. It fascinated me that by simply eyeing a certain hue, it could dramatically shift your perception of the subject or transform your mood. A color on its own could make you think one thing but mix it with another and it takes on a drastically different definition. Colors appear naturally in the world around us, the sky is blue, the grass is green, tree stumps are brown, if you need a mood booster, simply step outside and look around you.

If you’re a color theory virgin, let me give you the basics. Red=power, immediacy Orange= enthusiasm, optimism Yellow=happiness, youthfulness Blue=calm, tranquility Purple=royalty, regal White=purity, innocence Black= authoritative, absence. If you’re doing your ROY G BIV in your head (that’s an acronym that lists the colors of the rainbow in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) then you will have noticed that I skipped over green. Well one, that’s because it’s the subject of this essay and two because I’ve been particularly intrigued by this color lately as I think its perception parallels a lot of what’s happening in the world as we speak.

Again, for the virgins, Green=growth, harmony. That is why the color green is so synonymous with Spring. This new season that we are in exemplifies the rebirth and regrowth of the nature we lost during the colder months. Trees and flowers sprout new buds, geese lay eggs, water is replenished. It’s almost as if the world takes these Spring months to heal from the harshness that preceded it.

This morning, for the first time in a long time, I decided it was necessary to start working out again. I’ve felt sluggish, unmotivated and tired. As Elle Woods once said, endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. Although a husband is nonexistent in my life at the moment, I figured it would not hurt to still take her advice. We have this incredible stationary bike that usually resides in our living room, but as I’ve been staring at the same four walls for what seems like four years, I decided I needed a change of scenery for my multi-mile ride. I folded up the light-weight bike and took it out to our condo’s balcony for a relaxing view of our backyard lake while I sweat off last night’s taco dinner.

Within the first few pedals, I sincerely felt invigorated. I peered around my surroundings to see wildflowers blooming, trees with an abundance of leafy greens, overgrown grass and the new life of baby goslings waddling around my backyard. It truly was a scene of green. A scene of rebirth, regrowth, renewal and it was exactly what I needed.

With the passing of each mile I rode stationary, I couldn’t help but wonder, isn’t that exactly what our world is doing all around us right now as well? The parallels were palpable. Our society is coming out of the deadness that was quarantine, restaurants and businesses are starting to reopen. We are revisiting the life we once knew and reviving the occupational obligations we had to leave behind. We are having to heal from the losses and start fresh much like our agricultural climate. If there was a color sponsor for this new season we’re enduring, I’d bet my money that it would be a shade of green. Pantone, you can call my agent for that one.

I think that is why so many people yearned for their daily walks during this pandemic. It was the one hour they had a day to connect with nature and experience growth firsthand. While our world was at a standstill, by simply taking a lap around your neighborhood, it brought hope that even though our life as we knew it was dying down, much like our plants do during the Winter, there is always a rebirth after it is all said and done. I think people needed that constant reminder. It was comforting. It made people hopeful.

But it is important to remember that once a plant dies from the Winter cold, it will absolutely reappear in the new Spring season, but it will never be exactly as it once was. Our society will be no different. Although we’re entering civilization again, it’s important to draw comparison in that social distancing, masks and acts of caution are our new normal. You can’t yell at a plant for growing purple flowers this year when you loved its yellow ones previously. Quite frankly, it doesn’t care, you just have to embrace it.

Green has such a strong meaning. In its literal sense, green is the same color as money and thus could represent an abundance of wealth. Our economy will definitely be affected by this year’s events. Green could characterize self-control, something a lot of us will have to exercise as we embrace our new lives post-COVID meaning no raging boat parties this Summer, sorry Playpen goers (Chicago reference). But green also means growth and rebirth, something that maybe our society needed to go through in order to come out stronger, to find meaning in our lives and reevaluate what truly is important to us. I’m embracing the green of it all. I hope you will too.

Sincerely,

Sincerely Quarantined

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Dear Friends,

Woah this is not the world I left when I published my last blog post, which by the way I checked and was exactly 3 months and one day ago today. Since then, a lot has changed the biggest shift coming in the form of a worldwide pandemic and stay-at-home order. Can you believe what’s happening? Can you believe this is how 2020 is turning out? Can you believe that we’ve been sheltering in place for almost 2 months? It’s wild.

I missed you guys and I missed expressing my inner most thoughts to my little corner of the internet. Why has it been so long since my last post? Good question. I honestly don’t know. I think I got to a point around the time of my last published work where I was extremely overwhelmed. Everything I had going on from family, to work, to travel, working on my blog, maintaining a social life, keeping my space clean, cooking, laundry, more work, it was a lot and the thought of taking my “free time” (I use that phrase loosely because it essentially didn’t exist) to write seemed less like an enjoyable pastime and more like a chore. At the beginning of this year, I honestly think I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It was always go go go and never any time to really stop.

And then the virus hit. It has been total devastation and something I don’t think any of us ever expected. Thank god for the frontline workers and first responders who put their own lives at risk every day in an effort to keep us safer. I grieve deeply for the families who’ve lost loved ones. I actually thought at the beginning of 2020 that this was going to be “my year”…yeah that didn’t age well.

In the ever so slight silver lining of the scenario, it’s given the world, and me, some time to take a breather. Some time at home. Some time to spend with family. Some time to reevaluate what’s important and how we’ve been living our lives. Some extra time to get back to doing the things we once found enjoyable. Being forced to work from home has literally given me 3+ hours back into my day with the lack of a commute. It’s allowed me to exercise, to cook, to clean, to organize. I know a pandemic is not a productivity contest, but when I feel like it, I can actually get shit done. The Earth is literally healing around us. Maybe in some sort of twisted fate, this was God’s (or whatever higher power you believe in) way of telling us to slow the eff down.

That may be an unpopular opinion, some may disagree, I mean troves of people across the U.S. are protesting beach re-openings. Those people are idiots, but I completely understand that others have not had my experience and that some people are really suffering right now. If you are one of those individuals and there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know.

It’s been a while since we’ve communicated. How are you? What’s been going on? I seriously would love to know. As an extrovert, I’m sort of craving human interaction right now. Conversation and a sit down at a nice restaurant are my personality’s reinforcements.

For me? I haven’t been up to much lately. My mom tore her rotator cuff so she had to have surgery a few weeks ago and I’m now chauffeuring her to physical therapy three days a week. I’m still working from home full-time, I’m so thankful for my job and the seamless integration of being fully operational while remote. I’m quarantined with my mom at our house but still am able to visit my boyfriend often. I’ve been trying to get through Three by Ted Dekker (the book) which I started over a year and a half ago…I’m a horrible reader. I’ve been trying to take advantage of the now vast array of free online courses when I can, possibly thinking of signing up for Masterclass to take Anna Wintour’s and Annie Leibovitz’s sessions. We’ve been supporting local as much as possible whenever we don’t feel like cooking. I joined TikTok because why not and it’s so fun! Besides that, not much else has been going on.

I’ve been taking a lot of time to think about content and what this next phase of my blog will bring. I have some fun ideas I can’t wait to post, and I hope you love these new posts as much as I do. If you have any ideas for me or I can be a resource to you in any way during or post-COVID, please do not hesitate to reach out. Share with friends and family that I’m back baby! I’m thoroughly looking forward to this next chapter with you guys!

Sincerely,