verb (used without object), hibernated, hibernating.
1. Zoology. to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals.
2. to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.
3. to winter in a place with a milder climate:
We all hibernate for different reasons. Some people hide out because they are introverted or depressed… others might retreat from the world because of illness or physical limitations. However, most of us do hibernate to some extent in winter. The cold and the darkness make it hard to find the motivation to go out.
This winter in Sydney has been very cold. Too cold for me. I have fully withdrawn myself and will not be leaving the house until the temperature once again raises above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).
My excuse is medical but even if you don’t have a solid excuse, it is ok to hide out sometimes… just for a little while. There can be a lot of reflection and repair in some time alone. Just don’t do it for too long and drop out of circulation entirely 🙂