It seems like many people I know are having less than stellar Januaries: V, myself, Timmy!. This got me to thinking, if you have a bad, say October, most people just write it off as a bad month, no big deal. January, though, sets the tone for the entire year. If you have a bad January, you figure that the rest of the year is going to be crap too. January is this big month of rebirth and renewal and fabulous new things. Yet, we are still going to the same jobs, breathing the same air and essentially are the same person as we were December 31st. We have all these big hopes and ideals for 'the new year.' That's a lot of pressure for one little month to withstand. One of my coworkers mentioned some study done where January 24th was the most depressing day of the year - statistically people were most depressed on that day. I can see it, for the most part, that's the day where you realize your New Year's resolution is crap and that your life is basically exactly the same as it was on December 30th. You realize that 05 is not going to be THE year and you know what, 06 isn't looking like it will be either. I think I have to focus on the hope that February will be better - baby steps instead of one giant leap at a time.