First off, who uses the word doldrums anymore?

If they do use it, do they know the meaning of said word? For most, the doldrums are a period of stagnation or inactivity. That definition fits well with our part of the country and climate and this month of February.

The inactivity or stagnation in February is usually caused by lousy weather which keeps us inside, much like last week with the blizzard and winds that tried to blow North Dakota into Nebraska. Those winds that create some of our doldrums are not the same winds also known as doldrums which are calm and light yet unpredictable winds that are located near the equator.

See, you can learn from reading these ramblings. The doldrums of February for my school of thought are caused by the ending of the NFL season, the time prior to other winter , reaching their pinnacle or madness season, and the crappy windy cold outside.

During these doldrums, it leads me to the usage of more social media. I bet you thought I was going to say usage of bad words, right? It also leads me to watch and listen to the glamorous people living the great life in beautiful parts of the world without any of life trials and tribulations.

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These people are blessed and always happy to show videos and pictures of how great things are and how living under palm trees with drinks in hand laying by the beach with no care in the world is everyday life. Is it just me or do any of you have the school of thought that maybe people embellish or not always tell the truth on social media? Is it just me or does it seem like maybe people brag on social media? I recently read a post from a college coach that hit the nail on the head when it comes to athletes posting on media.

In the post, the coach took a shot at athletes who are constantly posting on their social media accounts, the visits they have taken or the offers they have received. This coach asked the generic question, if you are seeking offers and accolades or are you seeking the right school or fit and how you can help the team?

I grew up in a small town and will not break out a John Mellencamp song here, but I will say that gossip ran rampant and it was usually not always accurate information. The small- town gossip is equivalent to today’s social media but on a global level and quite frankly on steroids.

To finish up this month’s school of thought, I wish to speed along the February doldrums and spend less time inside watching or reading stuff, that may be a bit hyped or exaggerated. I like the calming wind doldrums near the equator better than our February doldrums, but I just don’t have pictures or video to post on social media.